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Enter for Your Chance to Win a $5,000 Volunteer Vacation Grant From Travelocity

For many, joining the Peace Corps is a long-held dream, but somehow the years come and go and they never find the time to quit their jobs and make it a reality. Instead of giving up on this dream, take a volunteer vacation and enjoy a small taste of volunteering abroad.

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Since 2006, Travelocity’s Travel for Good(R) program has been awarding $5,000 volunteer vacation grants to passionate people across the nation. And now, we are excited to announce a new way for volunteers to apply for and win these special grants.

11 Green Travel Resolutions for 2011

I’m always championing the green lifestyle. Why? I genuinely believe it’s healthier, better for the environment, and more fulfilling. But to be honest, even this eco-champion falls short of her own expectations from time to time.

That’s why I thought now would be the perfect time to reapply myself to traveling with a smaller footprint. Check out my 11 Green Travel Resolutions for 2011. Many of them are cheap, free, and easy to implement.

1) Stay Stateside: Lately I’ve fallen into a bad habit of heading abroad every single vacation. Sure, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest were nice, but what about my native soil? This year, I want to indulge in more domestic vacations–from weekend road trips to nearby destinations.

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The Green Traveler Gift Guide 2010

Please tell me I’m not the only person who hasn’t even STARTED her holiday shopping yet. And every day that goes by, my panic increases a little more.

But fear not! I’m here to help you shop for that green traveler on your list. From must-have gear to gifts that give back, you’ll delight and surprise your globetrotter.

 

1) REI Lookout 40 Pack: This pack made from recycled PET polyester fabric keeps a whopping 26 16-oz plastic bottles out of the landfill and it looks great too. Your green traveler will be able to cram all her gear and food for light trips into this pack and still hike comfortably.

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Greening Your Holidays: Top 10 Way to have an Eco-Friendly Holiday Season

In many ways, the holidays are all about excess. You eat too much. You drink too much. You buy things no one needs and wrap them in paper that will be tossed in the garbage can. It’s enough to bum out any eco-traveler.

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By Kris de Curtis ([1]) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

But there are some easy ways to reduce your footprint and get back to the real meaning of this time of year: being with friends and family, looking back and being thankful, and taking some time to relax and recharge.

Here are my Top Ten Ways to Green the Holidays:

Travelocity and The Conservation Fund: Planting Trees for a Greener Tomorrow

At Travelocity, we’re working hard to preserve and protect the world so that our children and our children’s children will someday have a chance to experience the joy of travel themselves. That’s why we developed our Travel for Good program. Through this program, we offer our customers the chance to offset their trips.

I’ve already blogged about what a carbon offset is. For our carbon offset program, we have partnered with The Conservation Fund to plant trees for a greener tomorrow. Not only do trees capture carbon, they also create habitat for wildlife and nice shade for picnics.

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