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Traveling in New Zealand

Posted by deborahmclaren on April 17, 2011

Hold down the fort! Travel Momma is on a lovely adventure down under – researching and writing a bunch of cool stories about buy-local, 100% Pure New Zealand adventures, the whole new farmer’s markets push around the country, manuka honey, a star sanctuary, and sheep… yes, lots of sheep.

I’ll be home next week.

Posted in family travel, food and wine, green travel, Indigenous tourism, Kiwis, New Zealand, quite unusual, sacred sites, travel, travel writing | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Some of my favorite travel movies

Posted by deborahmclaren on December 29, 2010

The Motorcycle Diaries – A young Che Guevara (played by Gael Garcia Bernal on a motorcycle trip across South America, determined to circumnavigate the continent. Che and a buddy end up hiking, traversing snowy mountains, and even rafting. This is not a political movie, but their experience of the land and the people affects them profoundly. The movie illustrates how travel often awakens our social conscience. It is also a beautiful movie to watch on a big screen.

Motorcycle Diaries

Whale Rider – set in on a New Zealand coast, a young Maori woman proves she can become a leader of her people. The scenes of the Maori trying to save their whales is heart breaking. It’s inspired my travel to NZ – and I’m going in April ’11. And yes, I’ve got to see those Lord of the Rings film scenes too!

Whale Rider

The Gods Must Be Crazy A gentle, simplistic Bushman lives with his tribe in the Kalahari Desert. When a coke bottle is tossed out of an airplane it lands near the Bushman tribe. The Bushman’s journey to “the edge of the world” to return the bottle to the gods, from whom he assumes it came, leads to all kinds of misadventures.

The Gods Must Be Crazy

Time Bandits – ha ha! Magical adventures of an 11-year-old boy who, along with a group of dwarves, travels through time and space, battling an evil force known as Evil. John Cleese and Sean Connery are the stars. True, it’s not about real places, but it’s a lot of fun!

TimeBandits

The Darjeeling Limited – an ode to train travel in India with the most dysfunctional family ever. Love the cast, the little villages and people they meet along the way.

The Darjeeling Limited

The Original Dr. Doolittle

Original poster for 1967 Dr. Doolittle

What’s yours?

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Tourism, Climate Change & Indigenous Biodiversity

Posted by deborahmclaren on December 27, 2009

The Climate Change talks in Copenhagen were disappointing… and while the mainstream travel industry continues to greatly contribute to global warming the REAL change is, of course, being made by the people who have consistently been the best care takers and conservationists of Mother Earth – our Indigenous brothers and sisters.

The 2010 Award for the best Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website, is a collaborative effort between Planeta.com and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity/UNEP (CBD) with the support of the Heidehof Foundation to showcase best practices in web-based technologies helping indigenous people manage tourism in a biodiversity-friendly way. The award is presented to indigenous tourism operations for websites that promotes sustainable practices and educates visitors on cultural protocols and biodiversity conservation.

A good slideshare description, posted by Ron Mader (host of Planeta.com) is available at ITBW2010 and the ITBW2010 wiki.

So far, the nominees include:

Bicicletas Pedro Martinez is a Zapotec-owned biking company in Oaxaca, Mexico. Pedro prides his operation on respecting indigenous peoples and the incredibly rich ecosystems.

Brambuk the National Park & Cultural Centre introduces visitors to the Grampians National Park (Gariwerd) in Victoria, Australia.

Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT) in Pakistan is owned and operated by the indigenous Kho, Wakhi and Kalash communities.

Chalalan Ecolodge is the most successful effort made by indigenous people in Bolivia and is 100% run and owned by our indigenous community.

Hospitality Kyrgyzstan, is an umbrella association uniting 18 diverse destination communities with more than 350 families in Kyrgyzstan.

Kakadu Culture Camp is owned and operated by Fred and Jenny Hunter, Aboriginal people from Australia’s Kakadu National Park. They live out bush (live in a tent) for eight months to operate the culture camp in the ‘tourist’ season, and work as park rangers in the ‘wet’ season.

Nutti Sami Sii in Sweden features reindeer sled trips, which is a way to preserve knowledge. Owners Nils Torbjörn Nutti and Carina Pingi are both Sami. Nils is a reindeer herder in Saarivuoma Sameby and Carina has her reindeer in Gabna Sameby.

Pathways Hotel in Micronesia promotes sustainable tourism through conservation efforts, environmental awareness, community assistance and marine management activities.

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Canada is the only Cultural Centre in the world that shares the cultures of two distinct indigenous cultures in a visionary partnership on shared traditional territories. The Centre is staffed by Aboriginal Youth Ambassadors from both Nations.

In New Zealand, Taiamai Tours was founded by Ngati Hineira – Te uri Taniwha descendant Hone Mihaka of Ohaeawai Kaikohe in 2001. Our ancient customary practices of kaitiakitanga [guardianship] and manaakitanga [hosting people] connects us to our unique ancestral living landscapes in the Bay of Islands and the wider region of Northland.

Terenga Paraoa Tours highlights the traditional customs – Maori tikanga – in tours based in Whangarei, Northland New Zealand.

TIME Unlimited NZ Tours and Travel provides unique and high quality Auckland and Maori Cultural Tours in New Zealand.

Te Urewera Treks strives to operate in a sustainable manner in accord with Maori principles and values.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park showcases indigenous culture of the Tjapukai people, featuring theatrical performances and interactive activities in Far North Queensland, Australia.

Xe Pian National Protected Are features tours and accommodation 100% owned and managed by local communities in Xe Pian NPA, southern Lao PDR.

Posted in climate solutions, dogsledding, ecotour, green travel, Mexico, Native tourism, sustainable tourism, Technology | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

 
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