Escape From New York?
You'll Want To If You Follow These Tips
We at TravelCool! believe you can learn as much, if not more, from your mistakes as from your successes. New York Times Travel Columnist Seth Kugel apparently agrees because he laid out a description of how NOT to see
the city in a recent column entitled "Pitfalls for Tourists", which is excerpted here:
Here is a guide to spending an utterly hideous weekend as a tourist in Manhattan, taking full advantage of absolutely nothing that the city has to offer, and getting entangled in as many of its provocations and vexations as possible.
...It's pretty easy to find an overpriced hotel with a view of an airshaft. Just make sure it's in Midtown, where the pretzel vendors and thousands of other goggle-eyed tourists will tease out your latent claustrophobia. The New Yorkers
who normally stalk these streets on weekdays are off in the neighborhoods south of 23rd Street that you would be staying in, too, if you actually wanted to have a good time.
What's So Great About Britain?
Tonnes (of offset CO2)
Warm beer, boiled food, and cold weather. These were the images that used to come to mind when would-be tourists contemplated a trip to Great Britain. However, thanks to refrigerated kegs, Indian
restaurants, and global warming, these stereotypes no longer apply. The last, global warming, is specifically why we recommend Europe-bound travelers visit ‘Jolly Old England'.
The British are on a roll. Though they only produce 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions (as compared to the US' whopping 25%), they are taking serious strides to reduce their eco-footprint. Unlike the oil-loving cowboys running things
in the US, British leaders are being pro-active when it comes to global warming. Here are some examples:
- The Mayor of London is calling for the penalization of Gas Guzzlers (See our story from the
November issue of Driving Change for more details).
- Prince Charles, heir to the throne, is an ardent environmentalist. He has taken on
projects to encourage green business, to
note greenhouse gas emissions on his
"Duchy Originals" line of food products, and has even produced an
- Queen Elizabeth recently announced that the British Parliament would enact a
climate change bill this session.
- The British government actually has a
Climate Change Minister.
- British business leader Sir Richard Branson has pledged $4 billion to fight global warming (
Click here to read the story we wrote about Branson and Virgin Airlines in the September issue of TravelCool).
- Of the 56 countries that produce 90% of global CO2 emissions, Great Britain ranks 2nd in fewest emissions (behind #1
Sweden). The US is ranked, sadly, 4th from last (barely beating out China, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia).
And the list goes on. We at TravelCool like to encourage environmentally responsible travel, whether it be through
offsetting your carbon emissions with Better World Club or using your travel dollars to support the environmentally responsible. As such, we recommend a visit to the British Isles.
Just for kicks:
Email Prince Charles and let him know what a good job he's doing.
TravelCool Tips of the Month:
It doesn't matter if you're visiting relatives in Indiana, flying to Guatemala to work on a Habitat for Humanity project, or just constantly moving to avoid alimony payments, whatever your reason for
travel, don't forget to travel responsibly. Here are some tips for environmentally friendly travel:
1) Need a monster to terrorize a small midwestern town? We recommend creating a hybrid atomic dinosaur. Need a rental car? We recommend
renting a hybrid electric vehicle.
2) Did you just inherit a spooky castle in Eastern Europe with the stipulation that you have to spend the night there before taking ownership AND need to fly over there right away? No? Well, whatever your reason for flying, you can help
fight global warming and
offset the harmful greenhouse gas emissions from your flight with Better World Club.
3) Interested in ecologically friendly lodgings or tours? Sorry, can't help you. Just kidding. Check out our recommendations for
4) Express your concerns about the environment to the businesses that you patronize. Your voice makes a difference. That includes us.
Click here to send us an email and let us know what's on your mind.
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