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Earth Day and Lindblad Expeditions – Sustainability Rocks!

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Earth Day is April 22nd this year.  What if we could help Mother Earth by changing how we travel?  Lindblad shows us how sustainability rocks!

Not too long ago, “luxury travel” meant private chauffeurs, 5-star accommodations, and exclusive Michelin star restaurant reservations.

Now, authenticity is the new luxury.  Travelers want access to unspoiled nature, local people in their communities, genuine cultural experiences, and the opportunity to make a difference in the world.

Lindblad Expeditions shows us a few ways we can make a difference in Antarctica and on their expedition ships.

Leopard Seal

Antarctica

Antarctica is huge!  In fact, it’s practically double the size of Australia.  When the word “desert” comes to mind, most of us think about the deserts of the Southwestern US, the Middle East, or Northern Africa.  Antarctica is an arctic desert.  Covered in ice a mile thick, this windy, cold desert is home to an amazing plethora of animal life, including penguins, seals and whales.  Accessible only during summer – essentially November to March – it receives 24 hours of daylight and temperatures can reach up to 57°F.

If you want to explore this frozen tundra, Lindblad is uniquely positioned to help you authentically experience it.  As the first company to take guests to destinations where only scientists had been before, it knows expedition destinations better than other companies.

Active exploration is the focus whether it’s by a zodiac boat, kayak, hike or walking excursion – there is nothing passive about their expedition style.  Guests usually take two excursions each day with destination and photography experts.

Penguins and Glacier

Diving in polar waters is not on every other expedition company’s itinerary, but Lindblad has an undersea specialist qualified to dive in polar waters as well as operate a submersible to bring back real-life views of life beneath the ship.

Solo travelers, couples, families and small groups rave about Lindblad Expeditions.  Guests speak with and learn from scientists and naturalists as well as socialize with like-minded fellow travelers on their small ships.  The captain of the ship welcomes everyone on the bridge – it’s a favorite experience based on guest feedback.  Don’t worry about bringing fancy clothes because the expeditions are casual all the way.  Independent travelers, couples and families alike will enjoy the fact that there’s no assigned seating in the dining room, so you are free to mix and mingle at will.

If polar regions are not your style, Lindblad offers expeditions to locations throughout the world, including South America, Central America, Europe, North America, Egypt and Southeast Asia.

Sustainability

Lindblad Expeditions is a 100% carbon neutral company.  It offsets emissions from its fleet, corporate travel, and offices.  Lindblad ships are 100% free of all single-use plastic bottles, cups, straws, stirrers – and crew uniforms are made with recycled plastics.  They support local farmers and fisherman and local artisans through the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Artisan Fund.

Concerned about sanitation standards?  Their innovative ACT CleanCoat™ system is a photocatalytic process that works when illuminated by light.  The chemical free product breaks down bacteria, viruses, mold, and allergens.  Results show a reduction of 50% in guest reported illness.

Authenticity and sustainability are the new luxury.  You may not have the green light to travel this month or the next 3 months, but you can dream and plan your next adventure now.  Are you ready to collaborate with Mother Earth and me to plan your next sustainable vacation?  I am here when you are ready.  You can reach me at [email protected] and 602-692-9379.

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