Book a Green Hotel

book green hotel

In an effort to make travel even more climate-friendly, eco-conscious booking platform Green Hotel World helps you minimize your travel impact on the environment.

The non-profit site lists only green-certified hotels and supports those that sustain the local community. It features a rating system so you know just how green each hotel is, and compensates for the carbon emissions of your stay. They are currently at 2,400 kg and counting!

It works via referral money. When you visit GreenHotelWorld.com, click on your favourite booking platform (Expedia, Booking.com, etc.) and book your hotel, Green Hotel gets a commission. They give this money to MyClimate, one of the world’s top providers of voluntary carbon-offsetting measures. MyClimate then uses the money for projects they run in India, Nicaragua and Kenya so far, focussing on things like reforestation, clean drinking water supplies, waste management, biogas plants, wind power, solar stoves and more. Visit GreenHotelWorld.com.

2,000 Gays on a Boat

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Get Him This

Human Charger

Kiehl’s Grab-and-Go for Him features face wash, shave cream, body scrub soap, moisturizer and a lip balm, for $37.

Mini Drugstore

first-aid kit

Here’s a little magic from my magic bean bag… a.k.a. how to make a travel first-aid kit. Well, it’s more pill-aid than first-aid. My doctor came up with this and wrote me a whole bunch of scripts, but talk to YOUR doctor about creating this little first-aid kit and a list of instructions. My doctor is well-travelled—and a bit of a boy scout.

1. Pack regular stuff like Gravol for nausea and boat-motion sickness, Benadryl for allergies or colds, acetaminophen and ibuprophen for pain and inflammation. Don’t forget Imodium for diarrhea and Zantac or Nexium for heartburn.

2. Throw in some kind of sinus congestion medicine, cold/flu tablets and a box of throat lozenges. Summer colds are the worst.

3. Add After-Bite, a topical ointment for minor cuts and alcohol-based wipes for disinfecting.

4. Rehydration salts such as Gastrolyte help replenish electrolytes lost from dehydration—too much sun or working in the garden or just plain-old vomiting.

5. Include various sizes of adhesive bandages and scissors and tape.

6. Now for the prescriptions. Vigamox eye drops take care of eye infections in case you’re one of those scratchy eye people. You know the song: Don’t put your fingers in your eyes or in your bum.

7. Fucidin ointment is a topical for cuts, burns, skin infections, that kinda thing. And Keflex is for severe skin infections that do not respond to Fucidin.

8. Nizoral cream is handy if you’re prone to athlete’s foot. Don’t buy the dandruff shampoo by mistake like I did.

9. Tylenol 3 is for extreme pain. There was a rumour they created a Tylenol 4 once, for Elizabeth Taylor, but I think this was just ’80s gossip.

10. Zithromax is also an antibiotic treatment, used for ear-throat-bronchial-sinus-lung infections.

Don’t forget your vitamins!