2016 Is The Year To Travel On The Good.

At this time of year, you often see the major travel magazines or newspaper travel writers bring out their must see places of the year – like this one from the Telegraph in the UK.

Here at Travel On The Good, we fully support traveling in 2016 and we hope that all your travel dreams come true but we’d like to add one more consideration to where you go and that’s whether or not your travel dollars are really doing as much good as they should.

Now, we are not a fan of boring vacations – we want you to go to the absolute best places. Our top list starts with Kenya, then Cape Town, and we’re huge fans of Northern Laos, Burma, and Costa Rica but when you go, just make sure you and everyone in the place you’re visiting get the most for your money.

We learned a valuable lesson a few years back in Zambia, in South Luangwa to be precise where the most remarkable Flatdogs Camp is (another of our favorites and to be honest the single best safari camp in Africa for kids.)

Many of the camps in the area were working with and supporting and help Project Luangwa. But I was most surprised and shocked to discover that not all of them were. Some of the camps even refused to give as little as $5 a night to the project (and remember, we’re talking rates of $500 – $700 per night.) What I realized then is that the same quality of safari was available from a great camp that truly supported the local community (and helped with conservation and anti-poaching and a few other minor details) as it was from a camp that didn’t.

Our resolution for 2016 is to help keep shifting some of the everyone’s travel budget from the companies, lodges and camps that actually do good from the ones that only talk the talk. (Watch out for our special TravelTurfing series where well, we’ll slam people who don’t live up to their green hype.)

Travel and seeing the world is an amazing blessing – we’re all about the journey. We just hope you’ll join us in traveling with the right people because as you know, that makes all the difference.

 

 

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Cape Town – Top 10 City Again.

We are ardent fans of Cape Town – we love the natural beauty of the city – the uniqueness of being perched at the bottom of Africa and we love the people there. Cape Town consistently gets ranked in the top ten cities in the world and here’s “Travel And Leisure” again putting it right up there with the world’s special places.

Cape Town – ranked in top ten again.

And yes this is why in the fall when we launch, we’re launching with Cape Town as one of our first destinations.

 

So, What Are We All About?

Well, we just wrote this to explain it a bit better and we most certainly have been thinking a lot about this concept and how best to not only describe it but to launch it. And we have decided in the end, we’re about two things.

Getting you a great deal on an amazing vacation.

Look – nothing is better than going on a great trip. And seeing lions in Africa. Or diving with sharks in the Bahamas or zip-lining through the rain forest in Costa Rica – but you have to get a great deal on it and our deals (because of how we operate and how folks operate with us) are simply the best.

So once you are on a great trip – then we add something good. Our deals come with the lucky strike extra that a little bit of money, or sometimes a lot of money, goes towards a group that is doing good in the area where you are visiting. So a bit of your travel budget is helping out as you have the time of your life.

You don’t pay more. You just do more good.

Three Great Ways To Go Away For Good In Kenya

Kenya is our favorite destination in East Africa. Maybe it’s from being huge fans of “Out Of Africa” and our constantly telling ourselves, very slowly mind you, “I had a farm..in Africa.”

Like everywhere in Africa, you want to be careful about where your travel dollars are going. As a friend of mine said, $100 can do a tremendous amount of good in Africa, and a tremendous amount of harm.” So we were just in Kenya and these are our top five ways to have a great trip and make sure your hard-earned travel dollars go for good.

1. Naboisho

Naboisho is amazing for so many reasons. Let’s start with the fact that this amazing piece of land was in serious danger of being lost forever to development just a few short years ago. Thanks to an incredible number of dedicated people not only was the land saved, but it was saved in an amazing co-operative arrangement with the local Maasai.

But this is far from just a feel good travel adventure – this is the best game viewing we have ever experienced in Africa.

And people are seeing that too. The #1 camp on TripAdvisor in the entire Mara region? It’s in Naboisho.

The #4 camp in all of the Mara. Yep.

The Maasai own the land (and many work there.) The ecotour operators do far more than anyone else in the region.

Go.

2. Kizingo

So if you want to combine your time in the Mara with an amazing place on the beach, you have a lot of choices. We have two great picks for you.

First, head to Kizingo. What’s more amazing? The incredible sunset views? Swimming with the dolphins? Watching the turtles lay their eggs in the dunes?

Or the fact the family who owns the property has built over 15 schools in the area? Helped protect the turtles? Or supported all their employees and their families in the downturn that hit the coast?

You might love the amazing fish curries, or watching folks climb the rope in in the dining room (Not for amateurs) but we love the fact that this ecologically-pure resort has done so much for community around it.

3. Peponi

Peponi Hotel you say? The amazing small hotel in Shella? How is that a place to travel on the good? One word. Turtles. Through good times and bad, Carole K the remarkable owner of the hotel has protected the turtles.

Peponi is a true win. Amazing food and service and you’re helping the turtles as well.

What are our picks?

Have you been somewhere in Kenya that is going above and beyond in terms of both the experience and the community? Lt us know – we love going away for good.

 

The Best City In The World? Yes.

Before my very first visit to Cape Town, everyone I know who really has traveled told me that Cape Town is the best city in the world. Now, the world has a lot of great cities and I always questioned everyone’s certainty.

Don’t make the same mistake I did.

It is the best city in the world, bar none, and it’s not just my opinion.

This is a city that has only really been open to the world for the last two decades, and it still offers excellent value for money and a sense of new discovery. Small wonder then that Cape Town has – for the third year in a row – won our readers’ vote as the best city in the world to visit.

Rest of the story here. 

Naboisho Benefits From Teamwork And Travel

James Cannon Boyce, Founder of Travel On The Good and CommonSense.Agency, has spent the past several months leading an amazing Good2Go project benefiting the Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya.  The purpose of Good2Go is to help non-profits like Naboisho get to the next level by determining the one thing they most need help with and then finding the people who can help them overcome that barrier. Naboisho is Good2Go’s first project in Africa.

“Naboisho is a 50,000 acre conservancy integrated into the Masai Mara National Reserve and sits in a critical area for the wildlife migration. It also is a conservancy that is run by a board that is half Masai elders and half ecotour operators. It’s a special place with a special mission that fit all the requirements for a great first project.”

Read more about this amazing project and James’s thoughts on the essential elements of a successful non-profit in his Medium article, ‘The Power of Coming Together.’

You too can contribute to this project by traveling to Naboisho. Please visit our specials page or email us at james@travelonthegood.com to find out more.

Have You Ever Wanted To Walk With A Lion In Africa?

Have you ever wanted to walk with lions?

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to just see one of these amazing creatures in it’s natural habitat?

If so, we have special offers to Antelope Park, a unique game reserve set in over 3000 acres of open savannah grasssland in Zimbabwe. Every trip benefits the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT), a lion conservation and research group. ALERT is Africa’s first genuine program working to ethically re-introduce the offspring of captive-bred African lions back into the wild.

Set in over 3000 acres of open savannah grassland, Antelope Park is a unique game reserve and a haven of tranquillity set in the African bush, welcoming guests and volunteer eco-tourists alike to the charming and remarkable camp site. Walk with lions, ride through the wilderness on elephant or horseback, view the abundance of wildlife in the Park or canoe on the scenic lake. During the evening, Antelope Park’s exclusive Night Encounters offer a truly amazing, close up experience of lions hunting in their natural environment.

Our founder, James Cannon Boyce, just returned from a visit to Zimbabwe and had his own memorable experience walking with the lions.

The One Armed Gambler Who’s Betting On The African Lion

In 1986, I was a young American exchange student who had a chance to study at the University of Zimbabwe — it opened my eyes to the wonder of Africa. Right now, I am sitting in the middle of the country once again, staying at Antelope Park, near Gweru where my eyes have been opened once again by one’s man passion and persistence.

Andrew Conolly is a man who has stayed in his native Zimbabwe through good times and bad, and now has dedicated his life to try and help save the African lion — despite the fact that a lion took his left arm twenty years ago.

“Some people would give an arm and a leg to save the lion. I’m halfway there.”

There are two things I love in people I am fortunate enough to meet — passion and a complete lack of patience with people who just talk the talk and never get around to walking the walk.

Read more of this story on medium.com.