Geotravelers

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Are you a geotraveler? It’s simple. Whether traveling for fun, work, or pure relaxation, geotravelers are sincerely interested in the places they are visiting.

  • If you enjoy learning about local culture, flora and fauna, history, food and drink, then you are a geotraveler.
  • If you care about your own impact on the place you’re visiting, then you are a geotraveler.
  • If you want to get out of the tourist bubble and learn a bit about what’s going on under the surface, then you are a geotraveler.
  • If you want to engage directly with the people of the destination, or even volunteer, then you are emphatically a geotraveler.
  • But if you just want to know which businesses to patronize—responsible businesses that enhance sense of place and enliven your visit with memorable experiences—then you are still a geotraveler. How so? Because your wallet is your vote. Spend wisely by supporting the people who support the place, and you’ll do good, have a richer trip, and go home with stories to tell.

This page will lead you to an ever-growing list of geotraveler resources. Contributions welcome.

Geotraveler Tips from National Geographic

“Seven Selfish Reasons to be a Geotraveler”  Travel writer Sally Brown McKinney’s academic paper on helping places by pleasing yourself.

Resources for Geotravelers
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National Geographic Geotourism MapGuide websites show authentic attractions, accommodations, and business supportive of the destination and its sense of place.


National Geographic Traveler “Stay Lists” 2009-2011
—Accommodations vetted for authenticity, sustainability, and destination support.

NG Traveler Stay List for North America 2009
NG Traveler Stay List for Britain and Ireland 2010
NG Traveler Stay List for South America 2011

National Geographic Traveler‘s “Intelligent Travel” blog presents practical and inspirational tourist tips about places worldwide.

Earthwatch Institute Scientific research trips supported by paying volunteers, with many educational and conservation projects geared toward sustainability issues, and a few specifically on tourism impacts.

Historic hotel resources—to come.

The Nature Conservancy Offers ecotours, primarily U.S.

Responsible Travel Justin Francis leads this UK and US service, providing extensive worldwide lists of holidays that in some way make a positive difference at the destination level.

See Turtles Seeks to provide unforgettable experiences that benefit sea turtles and the organizations protecting them.

Sustainable Trip Latin America and Caribbean hotels, tour operators, and other businesses are verified by the Rainforest Alliance, certified by third-party programs, or recommended by reputable organizations.

Wiser World Travel Peggy Lichter’s Colorado-based sustainable-travel agency.

World Hotel Link Uses a network of local travel professionals to connect geo-savvy travelers with off-the-beaten-track hotels, B&Bs, tours, and activities, especially in developing areas.