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Unlike many other Caribbean islands blighted by massive resorts, cruise ports, and casinos, rainforest-covered  <a href="http://www.dominica.dm/site/index.cfm" target="_blank">Dominica</a> has made an effort to protect its environment and be the region's ecotourism destination. In 2004 Dominica was the first country to earn a designation as a Green Globe Destination from the eco-certification organization <a href="http://www.ec3global.com/products-programs/green-globe/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Green Globe 21</a>.

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Despite the recent flurry of press about travel providers adopting new eco-friendly practices, most still have a long way to go toward being environmentally responsible...read more»

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Canyoneering is a lot like rock climbing, except the goal is to travel down and through a canyon, not just up&mdash;and it's a lot more fun. Using technical equipment like ropes and carabineers, and your own finesse, you'll navigate your way by whatever means are safely possible. Depending on the canyon you're in, that could mean rappelling down by rope, sliding down waterfalls, wriggling your way through narrow rock spaces, and even jumping off cliffs into pools of water. 

You'll find wet and dry canyoneering options all over the world, but in the U.S., the desert Southwest holds some of the best possibilities. <a href="http://www.excursionsofescalante.com" target="_blank">Excursions of Escalante</a>, a Utah-based canyoneering company, runs trips in <a href="http://www.nps.gov/glca/" target="_blank">Glen Canyon National Recreation Area</a> and <a href="http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=wildView&wname=Box-Death%20Hollow" target="_blank">Box Death Hollow Wilderness Area</a>. One-day beginner courses start at $135 per person. 

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If you've ever booked adventure travel through a tour operator, chances are you've had some anxiety as you type in your credit card number. A new resource claims to help ease your mind....read more»

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For the city that never sleeps, comfortable rooms can get pretty pricey. However, if you can swing a Sunday stay, now is the perfect time to visit New York City....read more»

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San Francisco is seeing airfare prices drop in what can only be dubbed the Virgin America effect. That's right, it's a fare war. Virgin America kicked it off and United and JetBlue are fighting back. But what will happen next?...read more»

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