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Hit the Mountains, Take A Ride On The First Railbikes In the U.S.

July 14, 2015 at 4:35 PM | by | ()

This summer there's a way to get even farther off the beaten path in New York's Adirondack Mountains.

For the first time since the 1980s, visitors to the ADK Park will be able to explore the region between Saranac Lake and Lake Clear via newly restored railroad tracks. But, this isn't just another touristy train ride, they'll also be able to tour the area on the only Railbikes in the U.S.

Rail Explorers USA is currently offering daily tours on 12 Railbikes that can accommodate either two or four riders for the six-mile journey. The rail is an easy ride, with flat terrain, making it suitable for just about anyone.

The 120 minute tours start at the train station in Downtown Saranac Lake, with returning rides from Charlie’s Inn at Lake Clear four times a day. Two seat Railbike tours are $50, while the four seaters are $100.

To book a tour, visit railexplorers.rezdy.com.

[Photo: saranaclake.com]

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Montreal Like a Local: Where to Rent Bikes

Where: Montreal, QC, Canada
June 24, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

If you want to get around Montreal like a local, all you'll need is a bicycle. It's surprising to find such a thriving bike culture in a city that averages more than 80 inches of snow per year, but Montreal caters to its cyclists with 400 miles of bike lanes, many of which are closed to vehicular traffic, and bike racks outside most businesses.

For visitors, the easiest way to join in on Montreal's bike craze is to rent one of the 5000 Bixi Bikes around the city. Like NYC's Citi Bikes, many are centrally located near tourist spots and can be rented for as little as $5 a day.

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How You Can Help Protect Coral Reefs On Your Next Stay At An Outrigger Resort

June 12, 2015 at 3:01 PM | by | ()

Last weekend, volunteers gathered at the Waikiki Aquarium where they worked together to pull more than 200 pounds of seaweed from the coral reef.

This was just one of many events planned by Outrigger Resorts as part of its new OZONE initiative. With over 60% of the world’s reefs facing serious dangers from climate change and pollution, Outrigger has centered its attention on coral health in the waters around its property.

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Veggie Thursdays and No Cars? How Ghent is Europe's Greenest City

December 12, 2014 at 1:10 PM | by | ()

What's the greenest city in the world? Stockholm? Copenhagen? Eh, it's probably Dublin but for different reasons.

Ghent, like many European cities, faces immense pressure to adopt greener policies. Countries like Sweden, which plans to be the first oil-free nation by 2020, lead the way. But just a month ago, the Belgian city made another play into eco-friendliness by accepting the construction of the world's largest bio plant, just another one of the city's major green developments in the past years.

In the midst of its medieval landscape, Ghent embraces the green lifestyle to new, unexpected levels. According to Kermit the Frog, "it's not easy being green," but how is Ghent doing it so well?

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Score an All-Expenses-Paid Trip to Help the Elephants of Thailand

Where: Thailand
October 23, 2014 at 3:13 PM | by | ()

If you've fantasized about traveling the world and helping wildlife without breaking the bank, DreamJobbing has the gig for you.

The website has teamed up with The Tourism Authority of Thailand to offer an intrepid traveler the chance to become a wildlife volunteer and aid in Thailand.

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Help Restore Coral Reefs on Your Next Dive in the Florida Keys

October 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | ()

The Coral Restoration Foundation now offers divers in the Florida Keys a unique opportunity to take action while doing something they love.

CRF encourages divers of all skill levels to take action through their core outreach programs. The 1- and 2-day excursions include classroom instruction and hands-on experience learning reef restoration techniques.

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Get Away for an Adult Gap Year at a South Africa Game Reserve

September 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | ()

South Africa's Phinda Game Reserve is giving adults the chance to take a Gap Year of their own.

Over the past twenty years, the Phinda Game Reserve's growth has made it possible to hire a full time researcher who leads a team of research assistants. These volunteer helpers are actively involved in studying the biodiversity of the entire game reserve.

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US Office of Foreign Assets Opens Up Another Way for Americans to Tour Cuba

Where: Cuba
August 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM | by | ()

It wasn't too long ago that travel to Cuba was near impossible but, slowly, opportunities are opening up for Americans.

Group IST has been granted a license by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets allowing the travel agency to offer an exclusive eight day People to People exchange program of Cuba throughout 2015.

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It's Not Too Late to Kayak the Los Angeles River This Summer

August 6, 2014 at 4:28 PM | by | ()

Summer might be winding down, but there are still tickets available for L.A. River Expeditions Summer 2014 Kayaking Trips in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area.

The guided tour takes kayakers through one of the most scenic stretches of the L.A. in San Fernando Valley for great views of wildlife and leisurely paddling.

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What Does Sustainability and 'Eco-Travel' in Costa Rica Even Mean?

Where: Costa Rica
July 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM | by | ()

Earlier this week, our bro HotelChatter took a look at what it means for hotels to be eco-friendly and sustainable in Costa Rica. Instead of stars, a property is awarded anywhere from 0 to 5 leafs that represent its cooperation with the requirements set forth by the country’s Board of Tourism in its Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST).

The certificate was designed with the purpose of differentiating businesses and their level of responsibility as it relates to sustainable tourism. Hotels are definitely the most talked about entity when it comes to sustainability rankings, partly because they are the most consumptuous and partly because it is a trend that has caught on with the rest of the world. LEED Certifications, for example.

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Help 'Great Projects' Protect the Tigers of India

Where: India
June 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM | by | ()

Great Projects has put together a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India where volunteers will not only help protect endangered tigers, but they will also stay in the reserve they call home.

The project takes place in the prestigious Kanha National Park, the same location that gave Rudyard Kipling with inspiration to write The Jungle Book.

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Voluntourism Means Scaling the Slopes of Mauna Kea in Hawaii

May 14, 2014 at 1:40 PM | by | ()

Aston is giving their guests an opportunity to give back on their next trip to Hawaii.

Aston Kona by the Sea, Aston Shores at Waikoloa, and Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas are all participating in the “Leave a Legacy with Aston” program.

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