Spend New Year's this year on an unforgettable outdoor adventure. Instead of heading to the crowds in New York or Tahoe, try something different and spend this New Year’s Eve enjoying the fireworks from a cruise ship, hiking the peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro, or exploring the vast deserts of Egypt. Whatever ecotourism adventure you choose, the following New Year's trips are sure to create an unforgettable start to 2012.
The Galapagos Islands is on many people’s bucket lists, and December and January is a great time to visit. Experience the incredible wildlife and scenery on a Galapagos cruise this New Year's Eve! Another ideal travel destination for January is Australia. Sail around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Go diving, snorkeling, or relax on the sun deck. With white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and incredible snorkeling and scuba diving you can’t go wrong with a cruise in Australia to ring in the New Year!
With the cost of lift tickets rising each year at popular North America ski resorts and crowds continuing to grow, a ski or snowboard vacation can include its fair share of headaches. Look off the beaten path for some unique ski resorts and take advantage of fewer crowds in these quaint mountain towns.
Myoko Kogen, Japan
Japan’s ski industry has been steadily growing, with places such as Hokkaido becoming a popular stop on Japan tours. Myoko Kogen is one of Japan’s oldest skiing areas, but is typically less crowded than other skiing destinations. Located on the slopes of Mt. Myoko, Myoko Kogen offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Japan. The mountain town is popular for more than just mountain sports, including delicious food, unique restaurants and bars, and onsen hot springs which are perfect for relaxing after a long day on the slopes!
Skiing doesn’t typically come to mind when planning a Morocco eco tour. Oukaimeden Resort is one of the few places it is possible to ski in Morocco. It is Africa’s highest ski resort and has lifts that cater to all levels. Oukaimeden is about an hour drive south of Marrakech, located high in the Atlas Mountains. The resort has 1 chair lift, with 5 runs to take you back down again. The best time to go skiing in the Atlas Mountains is typically in January and February. The resort has ski rentals, ski schools, unique restaurants, and beautiful hotels. Enjoy the sun, sand, and snow in Morocco!
If you’re unsure of what to buy your loved ones this holiday season Global Basecamps has the perfect solution. Give the gift of travel and memories that will last a lifetime! Global Basecamps will match the amount of all gift certificates up to $250! The offer expires December 31, 2011.
Give your family a gift they will never forget by contributing to their travel fund. Whether they are hoping to spend a week on a Tanzania safari or are planning a Round-the-world (RTW) trip you can help them reach their travel dreams. When contemplating if you should buy your brother another video game for Christmas or your father another jacket, consider the environmental cost of everything produced. As the earth’s resources are being depleted, beautiful destinations around the world are being destroyed. Instead of buying things you don’t need this year, give the gift of travel.
All of Global Basecamps’ itineraries integrate environmental and socially responsible practices and our lodges share our commitment to preserving the environment and supporting the local communities we visit.
Cusco, one of the most popular destinations for adventure tourists in South America, will have a 30% increase in visitation (foreign and domestic) this December from the previous year, according to Peru’s National Chamber of Tourism. The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, which is a World Heritage site, has attracted many more visitors recently than in past years. Although there’s always the controversy of an increase in visitors destroying the site by simple "wear and tear", this growth is estimated to bring in around $3.3 billion dollars. In a developing country like Peru, $3.3 billion can go a long way in sustaining the local economy and increasing wages for Peruvians. But why such a drastic increase in a mere 12 months? The global economy hasn’t seen THAT much of an improvement since last year, so what could be behind the driving force of people’s desires to see the ancient lost city?
For everyone I’m sure it’s different. Some may want to experience the new hype of Peruvian food, or maybe the big centennial celebrations of Machu Picchu have caught people’s eye, or it could just be a stop along the way while exploring the northern region. But my desire to travel to Peru in late spring is a bit more personal.
"This is a view from the streets of Taormina, Sicily, adjacent to the gorgeous pebbly beach of Isola Bella, a marine reserve known as 'The Pearl of the Ionian Sea'. Snorkelers and divers will find Isola Bella's clear waters home to moray eels, starfish, sea horses, octopus, stonefish and several other small, colorful sea creatures.