Collected by Lindsey Tramuta , AFAR Contributor
Pāhoa, HI 96778, USA
In April 2011, I arrived on the Big Island, Hawai'i and spent two weeks traveling and immersing myself into a lifestyle connected to nature. During two of the nights, I stayed in an intentional organic, permaculture community in Pahoa on the East...
2 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
I never stay in swanky hotels. Ok, ok, I have stayed in a few, but only when I did not have to foot the bill. But when I decided to attend this years’ ESTC12 Eco tourism conference, I could not resist staying in a hotel that is claiming to be...
Heredia Province, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
This summer, 10 students from Coliseum College Prep Academy (in Oakland, CA) went on a 10 day trip to Costa Rica. Students studied conservation and sustainable development, explored the cloud forests, ziplined through the jungle, experienced Costa...
913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
There’s nothing like a cold creamy treat on a warm day, and one ice cream shop in the cozy California beach town of Santa Cruz is doing it so, so right. Penny Ice Creamery isn’t your average ice cream joint; you won’t find Ben & Jerry’s-style...
Fortuna, San José, Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica
In a country dependent on agricultural exports, Finca Burio (5 minutes from Fortuna) educates visitors and locals about more sustainable practices. Don Juan and his family bring biodynamic farming to life as you tour their property which bursts...
14 Nguyễn Thái Học, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Disadvantaged locals support themselves by selling their handicrafts here. Sustainable souvenirs include vases made of chopsticks, and coasters fashioned from recycled magazine pages. The workshop runs a number of classes including traditional...
#215 Street 13, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Though Phnom Penh is rebounding from periods of war and unrest, a visit there is still fraught with reminders of its difficult past: children begging on streets, men with amputated limbs selling books and postcards, and tours of the Killing Fields...
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