The Global Basecamps Blog

Travel Responsibly, Plant a Tree! (or let Global Basecamps plant one for you!)

by kelley

SeedTree Chances are, the question "how can I put a dent in my carbon footprint?" doesn't keep you up at night while you are traveling. And if it does, we applaud you, but don't want you to lose any more sleep on this issue! With the help of our partner,, Global Basecamps is chipping away at your carbon footprint, as you sleep soundly. We are proud to announce that as of January 1st, 2010, we have planted a tree for every one of our trips from the Inca Trail to the coast of Vietnam--and will continue to do so. That's right, as our travelers trek through Machu Picchu or boat through Halong Bay, we are planting trees in Nepal.

Everlater Online Travel Journal-The Savvy Traveler's New Best Friend

by kelley, our new favorite online travel tool at Global Basecamps, takes the concept of travel journaling to a whole new level. Think—social media meets scrap-booking for the savvy traveler. Everlater, linked seamlessly with Facebook and Google Maps, provides a simple platform to post and share your itineraries, journal entries, photos and videos. Designed to be your one-stop-multimedia-shop for updating friends and family while on the road, the big pay off comes when your journey is over. With literally one click, Everlater transforms your online travel log into an impressive travel photo book.

Arenas del Mar Wins Coveted Five Leaf Award

by andres
Arenas del Mar

One of Costa Rica's most beautiful and eco-friendly hotels has just been officially recognized as one of the most sustainable destinations in Costa Rica.

Arenas del Mar blends gorgeous surroundings and the chance to experience both the beach and the rainforest with luxurious accommodations and a highly-developed sustainable infrastructure.

Last month Arenas del Mar was awarded Five Leaves - the highest rating - by the Costa Rican Tourist Board (ICT), becoming the first resort to do so within such a short time of its opening. Arenas del Mar is the perfect model for balancing sustainable tourism practices and policies with world-class service and amenities.

The properties extensive sustainable features include solar panels to heat hot water coupled with energy saving auxiliary water heaters, underground electricity systems that don't interfere with surrounding wildlife, chlorine-free ionization systems to clean the pool water, energy-efficient lighting and illumination throughout the entire property, extensive recycling programs and more.

Small but Significant: Helping Orphans South of the Border

by satu

Village in MexicoFor those of you who sometimes get a feeling that you should be contributing more to charity, giving back to the community, or supporting non-profits but tend to justify the lack of involvement with the age-old age old excuse of what can just one person do, you may be inspired by this small non-profit from San Diego, California.

The Sidelines Club is an organization founded by a former baseball player and enthusiast who volunteers his expertise for helping local underprivileged athletes. Members of the organization help aspiring students to achieve their dreams by providing scholarships, equipment, and free sporting clinics. The organization is very small in size, but that does not stop them from reaching out beyond Southern California to Mexico and even as far as Haiti. For several years now, Sidelines Club has been sending delegations of volunteers to countries where help is most needed.

GBC Introduces New Website to Ease Green Travel Planning

by satu

We are excited to announce the relaunch of our website with brand new features to make booking the world's best hotels, ecolodges, and sustainable adventures easier than ever! When redesigning our site our top priorities were making our sustainable travel and ecotourism resources more accessible, while also simplifying travel planning on even the most complicated of itineraries.

Here is a little round-up of our website's coolest new and redesigned features:

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