thought i'd share some cool websites that relate to travel or helping others out and hope that someone will gleam some helpful information from it. so here. we. go!
to start off i want to brag about my favorite travel website called Matador Travel; i visit it a couple times a month because it just talks a lot about cool trips to take like hitchhiking, hopping trains, woofing, biking, and has a lot of good articles and resources about specific countries or cities all around the world. i've submitted several photos and little write ups to them for my bike trip as well as volunteering here in peru. it's my favorite travel site and thought i'd share it.
if you are interested in gardening and traveling then you should check out woofing (world wide opportunities on organic farms). basically you purchase a list of a country and it hooks you up with contact information with organic farmers. in theory you contact a farmer and you work out an agreement of working for room & board. it's a great opportunity to see a new place and learn about farming. i hope to take advantage of this someday soon.
i know i've talked about it already but Earthships! i think its such a great concept and so awesome to be sustainable. basically a house made out of tires filled with soil, using cans and glass bottles along with adobe to form walls. so basically this house fully sustainable because the roof gathers and stores rainwater and uses a filter system to filter it 4 times for bathing, washing, drinking, and to water your garden; it has solar panels as well as a wind generator to harvest electricity; the house plan is specifically designed with an internal heating and cooling system in it; as well as a greenhouse to grow foodz. i plan to buy some land and build one of these in the near future; where? i don't know but i think this is a great idea.
another that is really common is Couchsurfing; i know a lot of people know about this but just in case someone doesn't. so if you have an open couch or guest room in your house and you're cool with letting travelers crash on it then you sign up and people send you requests to stay with you. it's a great free way to travel around the world (i've done it across the united states) and it's super safe and a great way to meet cool people. also the people you meet most likely show you great restaurants, hidden gems, music venues, etc.
GOOD is a magazine but also a cool website that breaks down into several categories such as: health, media, politics, transportation, technology, culture, cities, design, action, etc. and has awesome articles about cool new programs going on in cities or states or countries that help people or the environment or education. i find out a lot of cool websites and organizations that way. in conjunction with GOOD, is DWELL which is all about house stuff; super cool site and magazine that is structured the same way as GOOD.
CVDW, Centre for Vision in the Developing World, is an organization that has developed these cool self-adjustable glasses. basically getting optometrists to developing countries to make glasses for people is a tough and expensive ordeal but these glasses are relatively cheap to produce but also for kids and adults to adjust the prescription themselves. their goal is by 2020 that they want to give out a billion glasses around the globe! it's super cool and such an ingenious glasses thingy (i know real technical).
a good idea of buy a pair give a pair, TOMS has lead the way in this with their very popular shoes and now newly introduced sunglasses. so you buy and pair and they give a pair to a kid around the world. a lot of friends of mine buy the shoes and i'm sure will buy the sunglasses. a good trendy idea.
One Laptop Per Child provides rugged, low-cost, low-power laptops to kids all over the world to help with their education. i don't know a ton about them but have read a couple of articles about them and have checked out their website a handful of times and is a smart way of bringing cheaper more energy efficient basic laptops to kids. they also provide software to help with the learning process. since i don't know much more than that, i would say if it interests you check their site out.
another organization that i want to promote is The Water Project; i support this organization financially because i firmly believe clean drinking water is like having gold. it's our life support along with clean air and food and so many villages around the world don't have wells or clean water facilities and with hotter summers and more draughts these wells and storage systems are a huge help. it's really amazing that $50-100 can do so much for a community like provide clean drinking water for a couple families. i ran into this organization when i was in utah seeing films at sundance film festival.
my last organization is where i am currently volunteering 6 months of my time and that is in cusco, peru with The Meeting Place Cafe; which gives 100% of its profits away to 3 local missions in cusco: Project CORAZON (an orphanage), Casas Josefina (orphanage for developmentally challenged kids) and Casa del Aguila (farm/medical clinic/orphanage). there is a guest house and language school a part of the cafe as well and all those profits go out too. it's a great place and the owners are wonderful people. i'm so thankful to be able to be here helping.
i hope something here has helped or has shown you that their are some great organizations and websites out there to help others as well as gleam new and cool information about traveling or green living.