November 2006


The Great Escape

BWC Members Receive a 20% Discount with Rocky Mountain Escape

Jaw-dropping natural beauty makes the Alberta Rockies the perfect getaway for outdoor enthusiasts. Located north of Jasper National Park, Rocky Mountain Escape provides visitors with loads of eco-friendly vacation options.

The folks at Rocky Mountain Escape describe their eco-lodge best: "Rocky Mountain Escape's credo is to protect our environment. We're committed to conserving this unique sub alpine ecosystem, enabling guests to enjoy an unspoiled wilderness experience. Through our efforts, and of others committed to sustainable development, our secluded valley has been designated as a Wildlands Park under the Alberta Special Places 2000 Act. Here, we accept nature on her own terms and, rather than conquer wilderness, we try to co-exist in harmony. Our trails are wilderness trails and the wildlife that inhabits or passes thru our area are truly wild. We cater to folks looking for a quiet, scenic, non-touristy spot from which to enjoy our mountain environment."

Click here to check out the Rocky Mountain Escape website.

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- Check the 'Ski Area Environmental Scorecard' to see if your resort makes the grade
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Pack Your Jack With Your Checked-In LuggageThe 411 On 3-1-1 or:

How I Learned To Stop Carrying Liquids On The Plane

Airports, Airlines and TSA Join Together to Educate Travelers on How to Prepare for Holiday Travel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Air Transport Association (ATA), Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are informing the traveling public how they can prepare for security screening during the busy holiday travel season.

Passengers can greatly affect their experience at the airport by preparing in advance. This includes: Packing liquids, gels and aerosols in checked baggage whenever possible, using 3-1-1 for carry-ons, arriving early and ensuring they are not traveling with prohibited items.

For individuals who must carry liquids, gels and aerosols through the security checkpoint, it's as easy as 3-1-1.

  • All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a 3 ounce or smaller container.
  • These containers must be placed in a 1 quart, clear, plastic, zip-top bag.
  • 1 bag per passenger placed in a plastic bin for screening. Complete Story


Dreaming Of A Green Christmas?

This Holiday Season, Support Eco-Friendly Resorts When You Ski Or Ride

November is the month when winter sports enthusiasts start gearing up for another season of fun in the sun , er, snow. If you're planning a ski holiday, why not support a resort that uses renewable energy?

Climate change is bad news for the snow sports industry. The effects of warmer temperatures and diminished snowfall have already threatened the closure of ski resorts in Scotland and Switzerland.

Warmer temperatures and the resulting loss of snowfall have prompted many ski facilities to promote renewable energy. In the U.S., 47 resorts in 14 states are using wind power, geothermal heating, hydropower (via spring runoff), or even solar power to meet their energy needs.

And don't forget the CO2 emitted just getting to the mountain. You can mitigate the damage flying and/or driving does to the environment with BWC's TravelCool! carbon offset program.

Click here to read the NY Times Story


TravelCool Tips of the Month:

I'll Be Home For Festivus

Ah, the holiday season. It's the time of year when people of differing ethnicities, religions, and pro-sport affiliations are all brought together in our nation's airports and on our highways, creating massive confusion and annoyance. We at Better World Club want you to have a pleasant experience during the crush of holiday travel. Sadly, this is impossible. However, we have a few suggestions to make your holiday travel more tolerable:

1) If you're flying, try to book a nonstop flight. You'll reduce the chance of weather-related delays if you don't have to land more than once. If you can't fly nonstop, try to book flights through fair-weather hubs like Atlanta, Houston, or Phoenix. And hey, in the unlikely event that you encounter weather delays in one of these airports, you'll have the opportunity to explore the sights of, um… Atlanta, Houston, or Phoenix. Okay, never mind.

2) Book an early morning flight -- early flights are statistically more "on time" than those later in the day. (This isn't hard to understand: are you more likely to get to work early or leave early? Wait...I think that proves the opposite, so just take our word for it.)

3) Try to avoid checking bags when you fly. More people are checking in luggage because of new rules regarding liquids, gels, and creams in carry-on bags (see Story above). The good news: while more luggage is being lost by baggage handlers, their dry skin and rough elbows have decreased dramatically.

4) "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." This is what you'll be muttering to yourself if you don't stop the car every once in a while to take a break. When driving, take a break every two hours or 100 miles, especially if you are traveling with children and/or pets.

5) Driving around in circles is no fun, unless you're a NASCAR driver. Assuming you aren't sponsored by Hardee's or Wonder Bread, the best way to avoid getting lost is to figure out your route in advance. Better World Club offers maps and trip routings. You can also try online mapping resources like Mapquest, Google Maps, Michelin, Green Maps, or Google Earth.

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