The Global Basecamps Blog

Efficiency Packing: If you think you might need it, you don’t.

6.23.2010
by jennifer


cc licensed flickr photo shared by stevecoutts

First of all; make a list. Then cross off half of what you wrote down. Everything you bring should fit in one bag, and the one bag shouldn’t be bursting at the seams. If you have two of something, bring one. If you might need it, you don’t. If you think you really need it, you probably still don’t. If you’ll die without it, okay – bring it.

Tents to Haiti

6.22.2010
by jennifer

cc licensed flickr photo shared by United Nations Development Programme

When the strongest earthquake in Haiti in over 200 years hit just west of Port-au-Prince, it left 3 million people in need of emergency aid. As native Haitians and visitors remain engulfed in the struggle to rebuild, the rainy season is descending upon Haiti and making it even more difficult for those that lost their homes and belongings in the destruction after the earthquake.

Breaking Down the Sustainable Hotel: Building Green & Sustainable Site Management

6.18.2010
by josh

An expressway construction site in Germany
cc licensed flickr photo shared by Claus Rebler

Last week, we talked about community outreach being a fundamental attribute of sustainable hotels. This week, we consider the direct impact of sustainable hotels on their local environments; specifically, the physical construction and location of the hotel.

Have you ever walked into a hotel and wondered where everything came from--the flooring, the ceiling, the walls, even the furniture? Or have you wondered what it looked like before the hotel, the roads, and all the people arrived? If you haven't, you were probably just distracted by the modern architecture, impressive lobby, and the excitement of being in a foreign place. And if you have, you're probably worrying way too much, but at least you have an eye for sustainable site management, or how a hotel impacts the environment before any of the guests arrive.

Top 5 Markets of the World

6.17.2010
by kelley

A sure way to soak in the culture of a destination is to head straight to the local market. There you'll get a visceral snap shot of daily life that includes everything from what's on the butcher's block to indigenous art. The markets also often provide the cheapest, most authentic eats and an enormous selection of souvenirs. So, here's a look at Global Basecamps' favorite markets around the world.

1. Oltavalo Market, Ecuador


cc licensed flickr photo shared by *D a r i n k a*

Traveling and Trekking in Nepal: Tips from Global Basecamps Expert

6.16.2010
by kelley

A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, Nepal offers some of the best trekking in the world. However, Nepal is much more than just beautiful mountains! This fascinating country offers everything from elephant safaris in the National Parks to some of the finest whitewater rafting in the world. Private helicopter trips to uninhabited mountain valleys, cultural tours to the historic cities of Patan, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur and sightseeing excursions to Nagarkot, Dhulikhel or Sankhu are just a few of the many exciting adventures that Global Basecamps can arrange for you. In this video, Meagan, travel specialist who conquered Nepal's famous Annapurna trek herself, gives expert advice on how to make the most of your travels to Nepal.

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