Originally Posted by joyra
Finally, something you can do that's positive is offset your emissions. There are so many great environmental groups where you can donate money based on how many miles you flew (international trips tend to be like $20 depending on the organization) and they can do environmentally positive things and there's a lot to support projects in Africa. They fund things like tree planting and solar ovens.
I'm going on my own big trip soon--Philippines, Singapore & Thailand! I leave in 27 days. Can't wait!
Be sure to tell us all about it when you get back. There's a few of us travel fanatics on board.
This is a really great idea! Thank you so much for sharing! I never even thought of that but since you mentioned it, there are plenty of places that have carbon offset programs to donate to. I also looked on-line and really like OxFam's proposals to develop food price stability and availability by national and international aid programs that put emphasis on rural micro-agriculture.
OMG your trip sounds awesome! I have not been to Indochina or the Phillipines. My husband LOVED Thailand though, as I'm sure everyone who spends a wild weekend in Phuket does! And my best friend went all through Indochina a couple years ago for research (she's an art historian) and said the Khmer temples in northern Thailand were amazing. She went to Cambodia too and said it was nice, friendly and not deserving of its evil reputation. You are going to have so much fun!
And just for EZ, I thought I'd note that one of the biologists on the farm we are staying at is an avid jogger. He has agreed to come out with me on a 5K...at 7000 ft! Yeah! Assuming I'm able to breathe, I'll get a nice run in while on vacation. It just seems so much cooler that it is up to the rim of the largest unbroken caldera in the world and last place on earth to find the near extinct black rhino. So much more exciting than my neighborhood gym!