Travel & Tourism

Building a sustainable global economy through travel

Travel is a two edged sword when it comes to sustainability. On one hand, the carbon footprint of airlines adds to earth’s global warming woes while all too often the economic benefits of travel are confined to global hotel chains. On the other hand, the societal benefits of seeing the world and learning about new cultures is priceless. Better technology has improved travel’s carbon footprint and eco-tourism has allowed local communities and environments to benefit from tourist dollars more directly.

Follow along on this page for our “triple bottom line” look at travel.

A Stupa in the village of Khumjung, Nepal, is visibly damaged after the earthquake of 2015.

A Year After Quake, Relief Efforts Continue in Nepal

As nonprofits and governments go back and forth on how best to rebuild affected communities, the need emerges for the private sector step…
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Hilarious ‘Barbie Savior’ Instagram Highlights the Dark Side of Voluntourism

A hilarious Instagram account called Barbie Savior has gone viral, with depictions of the Mattel beauty that mock those who have put helping…
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From Masai Runaway to Eco-Entrepreneur

Peniel Laizer began his social enterprise while still working for someone else. After three years of work, fueled by a mission to promote…
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Zika Virus Findings Spur Opportunistic Investors and SEC Warnings

New research suggests that there is a link between Zika and fetal abnormalities, particularly early in pregnancy. Meanwhile, some "savvy investors" are looking…
Crowds observe the Excelsior Geyser Crater from the safety of a boardwalk in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., July 4, 2015.

National Parks Face Over-Crowding, Degradation

The National Park Service turns 100 this year, but our National Parks are plagued with over-crowding and lack of funding for maintenance.
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United Kicks Off Regular Biofuel Flights on West Coast

Today United Airlines will debut its first commercial flight using a new biofuel blend called Honeywell Green Jet Fuel. The flight will travel…
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3 Ways to Travel Sustainably

How can we give back to the planet while traveling, an activity that is reserved for the privileged, developed world? Radio host Daphne…
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JetBlue’s CSR Strategy Builds Both Brand and Community

How important is corporate social responsibility to a company's brand today? We speak with JetBlue's CSR manager, Kate Wetzel, about how skilled volunteering…
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Doctors: Microcephaly in Brazil Caused by Larvicide, Not Zika?

Brazil is facing an epidemic of the birth defect microcephaly. The government says it's due to the Zika virus. So does the World…
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The Rising Cost of the Zika Virus Epidemic

Brazil is in a major campaign to stop the spread of Zika virus.
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Ecotourism Creates Livelihoods for Indigenous People in Cuyabeno, Ecuador

My husband, two young children and I spent five days exploring the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in Northeast Ecuador. Ecotourism is a main source…
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EasyJet is Developing Fuel Cell Hybrid Aircraft

EasyJet is preparing to test out a new hybrid airplane later this year. Not only will this airplane utilize regenerative braking to reclaim…
Ernesto Ore (far right) explains the history of the Maras salt mines in Peru's Sacred Valley.

The Best Job in the World?

For 10 years, Ernesto Ore has trekked the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu with around eight REI tour groups a year, but he…
The women of Chinchero practice ancient weaving traditions that have continued on, mostly unchanged, for hundreds of years.

REI Brings Ecotourism Alive in Peru

It's basically impossible not to be humbled by the natural beauty of Peru. But, as tourism continues to rise in the region, this…
REI Adventurers hike the road less traveled in Peru's Sacred Valley.

I Took an REI Adventure And You Should, Too

In a sea of Selfie Sticks and laughably impractical footwear, our merry band of backpack-toting travelers was easy to spot.
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