Eco-Friendly Travel

According to research from the Green Hotel Association, an organization in Texas that promotes ecological consciousness in the hospitality industry, 43 million U.S. travelers say they are concerned about the environment. As a result the travel industry is making an effort to promote green initiatives. In today’s travel environment it is not difficult for consumers to be more eco-friendly.

Car rental companies Hertz, Budget and Avis are adding more fuel-efficient cars to their fleet, and many limo companies use hybrid vehicles. Hertz promotes it has nearly 35,000 in its Green Collection fleet. While 100% of Budget rental vehicles in economy, compact and intermediate categories, and 98% of standard and full-size car classes have met stringent U.S. EPA guidelines and are SmartWay Certified. Each vehicle receives an Air Pollution Score and a Greenhouse Gas Score, on a scale of 1-10. For the SmartWay designation, a vehicle must receive a 6 or better on both scores, and have a total score of at least 13. At Avis approximately half the fleet have a fuel efficiency rating of 28 miles per gallon or better (highway). One-fourth of the fleet is rated at 30 miles per gallon (highway) or better.

The Fairmont Hotel chain offers in-room information, recycling bins, optional sheet and towel replacement at select locations, energy-efficient lighting, and water-conserving showerheads, toilets and tap aerators. Their eco-cuisine menus incorporate local, seasonal and organically grown foods wherever possible. Special menus for Eco-Meet can also include a 50-percent reduction in animal proteins, supplemented by vegetable proteins at meal functions. Select Fairmont hotels and resorts have their own herb gardens or the ability to adjust their cuisine to utilize seasonings locally grown featuring dishes using those ingredients. The emphasis is on healthy, environmentally friendly and delicious food.

Aloft Hotels, a member of the Starwood Hotel collection, opened their first location in Canada in 2008 and now have 38 locations around the world offering a unique hotel experience. Aloft is really about the self-sufficient traveler who has a lot of energy, a positive vibe and certainly tech-savvy design focused.

The experience at their location in Lexington, Massachusetts begins upon arrival, with park-like landscaping that offers the chance for a breath of fresh air. Premium parking spots are allocated for hybrid cars to reward the most eco-minded guests. Guest rooms contain natural materials like cork and sustainable wood veneers which are integrated into the hotel’s design. Their pools even use a cleaner, greener saline solution.

Australia’s award winning resort located just 45 mins north of Cairns, and just south of Port Douglas, Thala Beach Lodge resides on the only private beach in the area. It provides the perfect location to explore the Great Barrier Reef, private coastal beaches and tropical rainforest, with individual private bungalows that are set overlooking the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, World Heritage listed rainforest and lush tropical beaches.

At a time when there are great concerns about fragile environments, Thala Beach Lodge proudly boasts that it has achieved the highest accreditation of eco certification through its sustainable practice and environmental sensitivity.

Located at one of the most fascinating Mexican biological reserves, nestled on a 3 mile virgin beach is the Hotel Eco Paraiso which features bungalows each overlooking the emerald green Gulf of Mexico.

Celestun, Yucatan, Mexico is a main feeding area for the Pink Flamingo and countless species of waterfowl and shore birds. It was decreed a Special Biosphere Reserve in 1989. By definition, this is a zone of one or more ecosystems that haven’t been altered by man.

At Buck Island Reef National Monument, the reef surrounding was named America’s first-ever underwater national monument in 1961 which, naturally, has resulted in an ecosystem so thriving and well-preserved that 30,000 visitors a year flock to see it, making it the single most popular attraction on St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Eco-friendly vacations are numerous and if you are willing to adjust your vacation travel dates, you are among the 61 percent of Americans who in order to save money are willing to travel during “off peak” periods when the prices may be more favorable. This trend seems to transcend all age categories. While weather conditions may not be perfect, the savings travelers may realize by traveling in the off season can represent a valuable sum.

Is a Dog Crate for You?

A modern dog crate is a cage made of wire, wicker, soft-sided material, or molded plastic some of which are foldable, some have three doors, and you can add a cover and bed to some also. Its purpose is to provide confinement for reasons of security, safety, housebreaking, protection of household goods, travel or illness. You may think that putting your pet in a crate is mean or inhumane and might cause your pet to resent you or to feel abandoned. However, dogs view the world differently than people.

As your dog sees it, the crate is a room of his very own – a “safety zone”. The crate helps to satisfy the “cave instinct” inherited from his cave-dwelling ancestors and relatives. Your dog will feel secure once accustomed to his crate. The crate can help you achieve a better relationship with your dog by preventing unwanted behavior when you aren’t available to supervise him.

The advantages of crate training

With the help of a crate

  • You can enjoy peace of mind when leaving your dog alone, knowing that nothing can be soiled or destroyed and that he is comfortable, safe, and not developing bad habits.
  • You can housebreak your pet quickly by using the close confinement to motivate your pet to wait until taken outside, since canines naturally avoid soiling their sleeping area.
  • You can travel with your dog without risk of the him getting loose and becoming lost or interfering with safe driving. And he may be quieter and more relaxed in a crate as he will feel protected and less inclined to bark.
  • Your dog can enjoy the security and privacy of a crate of his own to which he can retreat when tired or stressed.
  • Your dog can avoid much of the fear and confusion caused by your reaction to problem behavior.
  • Since he can more easily adapt to staying in unfamiliar places as long as he has his familiar “safety zone” along, your pet can be included in family outings, instead of being left behind alone.

Buying a crate

Look for a wire crate that includes a removable metal floor pan. Plastic crates can also be used, although some dogs will chew the plastic. For your pet’s comfort, look for one with a smooth floor, or you can add a crate bed for more comfort. Purchase a crate large enough for your pet to stretch out on its side and to sit or stand erect. If you have a puppy, it is more economical to buy a wire crate that will accommodate him as an adult, then partition it to the right size. A movable wire or pegboard partition can be made or purchased. Too large a crate can undermine housebreaking because your pet may eliminate at one end of the crate and lie down at the other. Depending on size and construction, a new crate may cost $40 – 250. This is a bargain compared to the cost of replacing a sofa, woodwork, or carpeting.

Where’s the best place for the crate?

Dogs are social animals. Place the crate in an area where the family spends a lot of time – kitchen, family room, living room, etc. The top of the crate can serve as extra shelf or table space. At night, move your puppy’s crate into your bedroom so you can hear him if he needs to go out.

Will the crate work for all pets?

Unfortunately, no. There are some animals (usually adults) that can’t or will not tolerate this form of confinement. A few will show no desire to keep the crate clean.

By crate training, you are doing your pet a real favor by preventing him from getting into trouble when left unsupervised.

Pattaya: A Vacation For Happy Family Time

You may hear some people mention of Pattaya being a land not for family tourism. However, that is just a rumor when in reality the place is filled with fantastic opportunities arranged for children!

So take out your journal and plan a family vacation in Pattaya, Thailand that offers all round experience for a perfect getaway.

And just to make your planning smoother, here’s a handpicked list of few of the countless stunning attractions available for family fun. a Pattaya vacation is probably the best treat you can give your kids this summer!

Ramayana Water Park

It is not only the largest water park in the entire south Asia but so much more than just a regular water park. Experience some of the ultimate water rides, wave pools, dedicated kid zones, river cruise, waterfalls and so on. To plan affordable trips to this amusing water park in Pattaya, many company provides various programs that can they can tailor according to your needs.

Pattaya Dolphin World

Come and take a warm kiss from one of the adorable trained dolphins available here for show and pure entertainment. And what about the after show plans? Even though the park is named ‘Dolphin World’ it still offers different activities for everyone. Feeling exhausted? Head to the spa relaxation, grab some coffee or fill your appetite with fresh steaks, while your kids indulge themselves in rock climbing, ATV, horseback riding and thrilling water park rides.

Teddy bear Museum (Pattaya)

Are your children obsessed with dolls? Bring them to this mesmerizing museum which provides a fairytale like reality, a heaven for teddy bear lovers!

Explore the 12 different zones designed so beautifully; your kids will never want to leave.

Specially made for photography, this museum is the perfect selfie destination for you and your family! And in-case you wished to own one of these cute stuffed toys; there’s a teddy bear gift shop that caters bears of all size and shape!

Pattaya Sheep Farm

Baa-Baa Black sheep-white sheep, they got lots of wool, so many bags full, and your children would love them too. Let your kids enjoy their nursery rhymes in real life. Hop on a horse carriage for sightseeing around the farmland, find more farm animals grazing around and dive in for some exotic dishes available at the unique farm park.

Harbor Land Pattaya

Harbor land is known as the family paradise. Why? Firstly, this mega shopping mall has the biggest indoor playground in Asia that every thrilling amusement park you can name. From high trampoline jumping, artificial cliff climbing in an under water theme to skating rinks, little children dedicated fantasy play zone the list doesn’t seem to end! Want your kids to learn while playing? The Harbor Learn and Play awaits with the best short courses on cooking, clay work, English, dance and gym classes.

For you? Prepare yourself for International Food Garden and try all exotic flavors of different cuisines.

Tuxedo Illusion Hall Pattaya

A magical evening for kids after day-long activities around Pattaya. Take some popcorn, and sit back while the magic tricks performed by professionals added with illusional effects and sound that make your kids go awe! Enjoy their reactions and curiosity that shall create memories that you take back home with you.

Pattaya is full of vast amusement parks, malls and other tourist destinations that have something for everyone. With a significant advantage of affordable vacation, you can count on Pattaya, Thailand.