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The Rainforest Alliance

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The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

Rainforest Alliance also supports and promotes certification in sustainable tourism as a tool for improvement and market competitiveness and we work together with local certification schemes form the countries we are working with. We are leading the Sustainable Tourism Certification Network of the Americas as a way of facilitating the communication between programs and also standardize a minimum of criteria acceptable in order to be part of the network and recognized as a verifiable program. We are currently working in the second edition of a catalog that includes all the certified businesses in the continent.

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Travel Tip For Today

Bring one pair of comfortable walking shoes as well as a pair of sandals or Tevas. Before you leave home, break in your new shoes so you're not uncomfortable on the road.

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Combination Family Summer Vacations


pril is the best time for that quick family getaway. Why? Because the earth is alive, spring has burst into bloom, and almost everyone is near someplace in the countryside that’s just beautiful. Lots of family Bed and Breakfast’s and Inns are offering specials this spring to entice travelers with one or more nights to spend. To find just the right one for you, enter the key word in our amenity search at With school vacations and service days coming up, you might just want to try for a three-day weekend!

I always think water is just the magic ingredient when children are involved, whether they splash in it, or swim in it, or just look at it. It provides endless entertainment and a chance for adults to relax and observe. Some of my favorite Midwestern resorts have indoor swimming and recreational facilities that can handily bridge the sometimes tricky April weather. However, if it looks like rain is inevitable; another dandy option is an in-town getaway. Simply segue downtown and stay at a lovely inn or Bed and Breakfast near some fun attractions. Planetariums, aquariums, plays, IMAX theaters, and more all beckon family travelers and are budget friendly during this spring season as well. If you have some favorite spring travel ideas, please let us know!



Thank you that is such wonderful advice...we too have had many family vacations that have started out with trips to explore possible new colleges and have ended up being such fun with all our family involved. You can certainly see some wonderful and unexpected sights on these road trips.

Jane Smith, Virginia.

Thank you Pamela for all your ideas. You have inspired my wife and I to take a long road trip this summer while taking our son to his new college. We are planning a different route there this time and hope to take in the many wonderful sights along the way there.

Mallard Cross, Oregon

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