"Be green or see the world..." cup0joe's Profile
Okay I'm not some crazy tree hugger...maybe I should be?
I don't know if you're like me, but I 'm struggling with the environmental impact of traveling. I'm thrilled that you can donate a forest to offset carbon emission. But this is just a band-aid. (ha, plaster here in the UK)
I believe it's important for us as a society to travel, see other cultures and understand that there are many other ways of living life. You might have been born and realized with a certain religions ideas and societies pressures of material possessions. When you have the opportunity to visit other cultures you realize there is more to life then what you are handed everyday via mass media.
My next career I think I'd like to be a cultural anthropologist. It's amazing to learn why certain cultures do what they do. To the outsider they may seem nuts, but it's often a matter of maintaining life. That eating certain foods are important because of the climate you live in. That plants and herbs that we would never dream of using can cure things that corporations spend billions on to discover.
We have so much to learn...and so far to go.
Some ways I'm trying to improve and evolve...
My best advice is always use public transport. You'll find it's a challenge in some cities, but in the end, you'll save money and get to experience a place like the locals. Of all my travels thus far I've been extremely impressed with the public transportation around Europe (Hungary, Italy, Thailand, Sweden, France, Germany-perfect transport, and of course the UK, which has it's moments). Having grown up in the US where "car is king" and public transportation outside any major metropolitan area is an abomination it's a real pleasure to know that I can get almost anywhere via public transport.
If you have questions about using transport in any of the cities I've posted I'd be happy to send you links I have or give you my best "How To".
Donate a forest for those miles!
Volunteer your time.
Currently looking for a volunteer position in London. Actually harder than you think. There is a real and impressive belief to volunteer here, your credentials are a very important factor in applying to an organization. In the US, volunteers are in short supply, but always more than welcome.
I'd love to hear from other VT's with their suggestions and any great recommendations for green holidays.
Happy Holidays to All!
Top Travel Pages
Share your travels with the world!Join Now!
Badges & Stats
- 77 Reviews
- 35 Photos
- 10 Countries
- 23 Cities
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (2)
- Posted in Travel San Francisco Forum "RE: RE: Name of Motel by Ocean..."
- Wrote a Review Small Boutique Club in London Nightlife
- Uploaded a Photo to "Take the trams"
- updated a East Hampton Travel Page "Great Autumn Esacpe"
- Commented on one of scottishvisitor's Isla de la Gomera travel pages
updated their Profile Page "Be green or see the world..."
Top 10 Pages
- East Hampton Intro, 12 reviews, 3 photos
- Lisbon Intro, 7 reviews, 4 photos, 1 travelogue
- New York City Intro, 9 reviews, 1 photo
- Paris 5 reviews, 3 photos
- San Francisco Intro, 5 reviews, 3 photos
- Palermo Intro, 2 reviews, 6 photos
- London 7 reviews
- Corniglia 6 reviews
- Mistretta Intro, 1 review, 4 photos
- Dijon 2 reviews, 2 photos
No friends yet.
- Paris Hotels
- 22459 Reviews - 54964 Photos
- Dubai Hotels
- 2701 Reviews - 7925 Photos
- London Hotels
- 23314 Reviews - 48908 Photos
- New York City Hotels
- 15642 Reviews - 31276 Photos
- Manila Hotels
- 2025 Reviews - 4971 Photos
- Playa del Carmen Hotels
- 780 Reviews - 1749 Photos
- Orlando Hotels
- 3092 Reviews - 5855 Photos
- Cancún Hotels
- 1933 Reviews - 3724 Photos
- Punta Cana Hotels
- 422 Reviews - 1020 Photos
- Baguio Hotels
- 328 Reviews - 894 Photos
- Goa Hotels
- 2058 Reviews - 3874 Photos
- Rome Hotels
- 12023 Reviews - 26760 Photos
- Bangkok Hotels
- 10315 Reviews - 22905 Photos
- Istanbul Hotels
- 7828 Reviews - 20233 Photos
- Las Vegas Hotels
- 8419 Reviews - 17290 Photos