With well over 1,000 members worldwide, Green Travel connects people from among half the countries in the world. According to its founder, Marcus Endicott, the site is oldest specialty travel group of any kind on the Internet--since 1991 (old school—sweet!)--and is also now the largest sustainable tourism community of any kind on the Net. Members are just about evenly split between tourism professionals and interested consumers.
Endicott is also the self-published author of Vagabond Globetrotting 3: The Electronic Traveler in the New Millennium ($19.95), "a detailed how-to book for the long-term international backpacking lifestyle" and the result of his second trip around the world (each time in opposite directions), which took him six years to complete. Sound like a long time? Think of it this way, he had plenty of time to prepare, thereby making himself a fantastic resource for sustainable wannabes with bad cases of wanderlust. The appropriately print-on-demand book is available at Lulu or Amazon.
Check out the Green Travel group's messages at Yahoo Groups, where news of everything from homestays in Fijian villages to boycotting in Botswana to advice on renting RV's in the Pacific Northwest. People with Yahoo accounts can set up a Daily Digest. An RSS news feed is also available; sign up or check it at Mendicott's personal page. Happy trails! ::Green-Travel Network [by MO]