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  • Quarantine Daydreams: Rio de Janeiro

    Quarantine Daydreams is a new content series in which we ask fellow travelers which destinations they’ve been daydreaming about while in lockdown, and how we can all make a positive impact on those destinations when we can finally visit — and also while we can’t. If you’d like to contribute to this series, please reach out at conor@hiddenlemur.com. This week’s contributor is Sonia Dheer, a…

  • Quarantine Daydreams: Minca, Colombia

    Quarantine Daydreams is a new content series in which travelers can share which destinations they’ve been daydreaming about while in lockdown, and how we can all make a positive impact on those destinations when we can finally visit — and also while we can’t. This week’s edition features Hidden Lemur founder Conor Armor’s memories of Minca, Colombia. If you’d like to contribute to this series,…

  • What Is Sustainable Travel?

    I recently sat down with a friend and told him all about Hidden Lemur and our mission of empowering sustainable travel. “Well that’s an oxymoron, isn’t it?” he responded. “Travel isn’t ever sustainable.” His challenge, admittedly, caught me a bit off guard. But I couldn’t help but think that he maybe had a point — at least through the lens through which most of us…

  • How This Ecotourism Organization Is Fighting Deforestation And Poverty In Madagascar

    There isn’t any other place on earth like Madagascar — according to the World Wildlife Foundation, 70% of Madagascar’s 250,000 animal species can’t be found anywhere else. However, less than 10% of Madagascar’s original forest still exists today, as slash and burn practices driven by desperate economic conditions have decimated the country’s endemic flora and fauna. So, how can the people of Madagascar prioritize conservation…

  • How Nomads Giving Back Is Making Positive Impact Travel More Accessible For All

    The popularity of remote work, longterm travel, and the digital nomad lifestyle continues to grow — and that growth shows no signs of slowing down. But what does that growth mean for the local communities in which digital nomads work? How can these nomads ensure that they participate in positive impact travel? Tarek Kholoussy is the founder of Nomads Giving Back!, a social impact organization…

  • What Digital Nomads Don’t Know

    I sat down recently with Tarek Kholoussy, the founder of a social impact organization called Nomads Giving Back.  As Tarek explains in our Q&A, travelers and digital nomads often want to make a positive impact on the communities they call home away from home — but they don’t know how. They often want to better integrate into those local communities, instead of simply staying in…

  • 71 Sustainable Travel Instagram Accounts You Need To Follow

    It’s ok to admit it: there’s a good chance a trip you’ve taken was at least subconsciously inspired by pictures you saw on Instagram travel accounts. Sure, there may be a few too many travel #influencers who are more interested in showing themselves off than their destinations of choice, but a growing network of sustainable travelers are leveraging the platform’s massive reach and using the…

  • What’s Zero Waste Food? (HLW #3)

    Let’s kick off this week’s edition of Hidden Lemur Weekly with a terrific Atlantic mini-doc about a “zero-waste restaurant” in England.  The team at Silo, first opened by British chef Douglas McMaster in 2014, uses package-free trading, composts all unfinished food and brings that compost back to the farms where they source their ingredients, and have even gone so far as using coconut husks to…

  • 13 Destinations For Sustainable Travel In 2020

    As a sustainable traveler, you have the opportunity to “vote with your dollar” on every trip. That means supporting tourism operations and experiences that prioritize environmental responsibility, local empowerment, and cultural immersion, while steering clear of overtouristed destinations. With the help of some fellow passionate sustainable travelers, we’ve compiled a list of 13 destinations for ecotourism, ethical travel, off the beaten path travel, and sustainable…

  • The Problem With Sustainable Travel — Hidden Lemur Weekly #1

    (Editor’s note: This article is the first edition of our new sustainable travel newsletter. If you think you’d like to receive a regular dose of sustainable travel news and inspiration, sign up here.) Doesn’t sustainable travel seem kind of exhausting? After all, it’s easy to openly support conscious consumerism. Acting on those values, however, can be pretty damn difficult. As this FastCompany essay lays out,…

  • The Most Honest Porto Walking Tour

    Featured Experience: The Worst Tours Location: Porto, Portugal In 13 Words: A free walking tour for off-the-beaten-path discovery and lively debate. Is this the worst tour you’ll take in Portugal? If you’re only interested in photo ops in front of glossy historical attractions and sanitized port wine tasting sessions, perhaps. But for visitors looking for a free Porto walking tour that’ll take them far beyond…

  • Your Guide To Flying Sustainably

    So, you want to take a flight somewhere, but that eco-conscious voice in your head is still asking, “Hey, is there any way we can do this without destroying the planet?” In other words, is flying sustainably even possible? The sad truth is that at this point in time, all air travel has a considerable negative impact on the environment. The average return flight from…

  • Doing Good On The Road: A Q & A With The Altruistic Traveller

    The proliferation of travel bloggers, content creators, and yes, even social media influencers has had a considerable impact on the way we travel. Hidden Lemur’s mission is to provide an accessible platform for sustainable travel experiences — both by promoting locally-operated lodges and tours and by working with creators who encourage their audiences to travel ethically and sustainably. One such creator is Bianca Caruana, founder…

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    Sailing Around The World, Sustainably: Two Cruisers’ Perspectives

    The values of sustainable travel remain the same no matter where you go — but that doesn’t mean there’s just one way to get there. Most choose to travel by air or by land, but for those with the time, resources, and willingness to brave some choppy seas, live-aboard sailing done right can mean leaving an especially tiny footprint while traveling the world. Since christening…