Tag: Explore

Stay Cool, It’s The Brooklyn Way

Stay Cool, It’s The Brooklyn Way

This past week here in New York definitely determined that summer is here. Scorching hot days — where the minute you step outside you begin to melt — are upon us. My first few summers here in the city I somehow managed to survive without […]

Coney Island

Coney Island

  Wednesday, June 21 is the official first day of Summer. Even though that is not until later this month, I usually determine the start and end of seasons by months. For me Summer begins by the start of June and goes to the end […]

Sustainable Tourism: International Biodiversity Day

Sustainable Tourism: International Biodiversity Day

 

It’s no surprise that the world is in a very delicate state right now. Not just politically but also environmentally. It’s a proven fact that we are having more warm days than cold days and the polar ice caps are melting at a growing  pace. (Global Climate Change, NASA) The need to take action to help counteract global warming is critical not just in our own backyard but also while we visit other parts of the world. Respecting all the environments and nurturing them will not only give back to us but future generations as well.

 

Here in the United States we have some of the most beautiful landscapes and habitats in the world. I’m a firm believer that staying connected to our surroundings helps keep us grounded and connected with the planet we call home. In order to maintain that connection we must experience all that mother nature has to offer by traveling to different parts of both our country and the rest of the world. However, during our travels it’s crucial to remember to be respectful of the environment and to avoid inadvertently doing more harm than good . I like to live by the mantra, “leave it better than you found it”. Today, May 22 has been dubbed International Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism Day by a collaboration between Upfluence and the UN.

 

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The idea to be more sustainable while traveling was inspired by the concept of committing to a sustainable development that the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) established during the Convention of Biological Diversity in 1993. The cause institutes three main objectives:

  1. The conservation of biological diversity.
  2. The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity.
  3. The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.

The ultimate goal of all three objectives is to significantly reduce threats to our key wildlife populations and ecosystems while still generating tourism revenue for all economies. After learning all of that it may seem like a tall order or hassle to adapt your travel methods to a more sustainable approach. However, on an individual level you have the power to make small changes that over time will benefit environments and ecosystems. Each choice you make can have a negative or positive impact on the destination you are visiting. Ultimately we want to respect our world as it would be quite a challenge to find another one.

 

 

 

To help support this cause I have put together a list of how to be sustainable while traveling and to make a more positive impact on the places you travel to.

  1. There are a handful of first steps you make when booking a trip, one of those first steps is lodging. It may be second nature to just book a hotel immediately, maybe you have rewards points, or staying at one would reward you with some;  either way, I know for some people that’s the first and only option for them in terms of lodging. For your next trip I challenge you to venture out of your comfort zone and book a place to stay through Airbnb, HomeAway, or small business owned motels. All these viable options support small local businesses that don’t negatively impact our environment like mass produced hotel companies can.
  2. If you are staying at either an Airbnb or HomeAway home you will most likely have a kitchen at your disposal. With access to a kitchen you then have the ability of cooking and purchasing food from the local farms or markets. Purchasing all your food local while traveling is a great way to be sustainable. You not only are supporting the local farms, you are being respectful of the environment and may even discover new local foods this way.
    • If you are wanting to go out to eat occasionally during your travels it is becoming easier to find restaurants that are farm-to-table. Not only do they usually have the most fantastic meals but all their food is locally sourced.

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  3. Transportation can be a bit tricky in terms of staying sustainable depending on where you are traveling to. Living in New York, I will always opt for my very first mode of transportation option, which is walking. If I can walk, I will walk no matter what. If walking is not a viable option, next I will look into a bike rental. Biking around can be a great way to explore the area while still being respectful of the environment. If those first two options are not available and a car rental is a must, consider rental companies that have hybrids or electrics to rent.

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  4. Last is travel necessities. Whether I’m traveling or just running around my neighborhood I always have a reusable water bottle on me. Rather than buying plastic water bottles, always travel with a reusable bottle. Next, I don’t know about you but I like to carry snacks on me whether I’m boarding a plane or exploring the area I’m traveling to. When putting together my snacks, I make sure all foods I’m bringing are organic and local. In terms of packing and storing, glass tupperware is great along with using Bee’s Wrap to help package food items.

 

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By making the effort to instill all these steps in your traveling, you are taking a small but necessary step towards sustainability and minimizing your carbon footprint. Join me in supporting Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism by showing your support on Thunderclap and adopting these methods for your next trip.

“Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.” — Evo Morales (Activist and President of Bolivia)

 

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International Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism Day, May 22nd, 2017.

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Healdsburg, CA

Healdsburg, CA

Just a few weekends ago I had the pleasure of traveling to Healdsburg, CA. It had been several years since I was in California and it honestly felt nice to visit for a weekend. I forgot how much I love Northern California and why I […]

Away

Away

Throughout my travel profession I have gone through my fair share of suitcases. One always seems to last a few around the world travels and then it begins to deteriorate. At first it didn’t both me because I considered each rip or tear to just […]

Update

Update

Happy Tuesday! I must say I’m sorry I’ve been MIA the past couple of weeks. My life has literally been crazy but here are a few updates. I have started a new job, which has consumed my energy with it’s two month training program. It has been amazing though, I am loving the environment and my coworkers. It is a great moment in my professional career right now. Another update, a special person has come into my life. My downtime from my new job has been spent with him and exploring the city and the east coast together. Needless to say it’s been a magical few months.

This week I have more time to start scheduling more posts to hopefully get ahead and everything back on track for High Alpine and all you loyal readers. I actually have quite a few great posts for the month of October in the works so please bare with me and stay tuned.

Please enjoy the few pictures below featuring what my past few weeks have looked like!

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Ever since the weather switched over to cooler temps it has been so much fun exploring the city, especially on the bike I got this summer. A few weeks ago I biked over to the BK bridge to take a few pictures. Every time I watch the sunset from this spot I get goosebumps. This city can be so breathtaking at times, especially with someone by your side.

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The beginning of September I was able to see one of my childhood friends marry the love of her life. It was so beautiful and moving. I’m so unbelievably happy for her and her husband. She looked absolutely breathtaking. Congratulations again Marissa!

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If you aren’t already aware I absolutely love football and football season. Ever since Labor Day my Saturdays have been consumed with hours upon hours of watching college football. Go Huskers!

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Lastly my past few weeks of going on little adventures have been accompanied by these two. They have been making my life extra special lately.


I would love to know any new updates in your life or something fun you’ve done lately.

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Skyline

Skyline

Since moving back to Brooklyn, I lucked out that the apartment I found has access to the roof. It is such a spectacular view of the city from up there. This entire summer I have been utilizing my roof access whether it’s just taking pictures, drinking […]

Lake Placid

Lake Placid

Travel Thursday is back! A month ago I had the pleasure of taking a little weekend trip to upstate New York. One of my roommates ran the marathon held at Lake Placid. I didn’t know what to expect, and all I knew about Lake Placid […]

Summer List

Summer List

 

 

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After a very hot and humid June the weather is finally bearable here in New York. I hate to jinx it but it has been amazing these past few days. When the weather is in that perfect range of 70s – 80s with very little humidity I can’t help but want to be outside all day. This summer will be my third in New York, and I can’t wait to see what memories I will make. The past two summers here have been amazing. Looking back on them it’s fun to remember what I did, who I met, and what I saw. Each summer I’ve been here I’ve lived in a completely different neighborhood, which has made each summer a unique and different experience. This summer I will spend in Crown Heights, and to make it a memorable one, I’ve decided to make a  summer bucket list.

  1. Have a picnic in Prospect Park
  2. Go to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (I run by them all the time)
  3. Go to Rockaway Beach
  4. See an outdoor movie on a rooftop
  5. Attend an outdoor movie at one of the parks
  6. Travel to upstate New York  (Two weeks ago! Post coming soon)
  7. Travel to Rhode Island for a weekend
  8. Go hiking
  9. Cross off at least five more restaurants from my NYC restaurant list
  10. Take sunset pictures at the Brooklyn Bridge
  11. Drink out on the Willy Wall again
  12. Attend one of the free concerts in the city
  13. Lastly… Eat a lobster roll

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What’s on your summer bucket list?

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The Outdoors

The Outdoors

For as long as I can remember I have always dreamt about living in New York. As cliché as it sounds my New York influence was Friends, Seinfeld, Gossip Girl, and Sex and the City. When I decided to attend college on the west coast […]