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December 03, 2008

"Whole Travel" Web Site Launches

Wholetravelby Brook Wilkinson

Want some ideas for your next vacation? Would you rather stay at a hotel that's socially and environmentally responsible? Then check out WholeTravel.com, a new Web site that indexes sustainable hotels all around the world. I was initially a little concerned about how the site goes about picking its listings--properties need only fill out an online questionnaire. But CEO Matthew Davie assured me that they "work with local non-profit organizations to actually inspect the suppliers and verify the answers within a few months of the self-assessment. Also, we've built in some red flag questions that contradict each other if they're trying to game the questionnaire."

The other neat thing about the site is that you're not forced to search by destination. Whole Travel encourages you to plug in your travel inspiration, and promises to spit out some attractive lodging options that fit your requirements. When I typed in "adrenaline," I got no results, but they did suggest I try searching "hiking." Which is kinda the same thing. If you're in Antarctica. A search for "yurt," on the other hand, pulls up some pretty cool places. But don't take my word for it. Give it a try for yourself.

Further reading:
* The Whole Travel blog
* Responsible Traveler: Making a difference

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