Up for bid: A stay at Costa Rica's famous Lapa Rios ecolodge.
Photo: Lapa Rios
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, or your travel plans have you there on November 5, heads up: The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), a nonprofit research organization dedicated to furthering sustainable travel, is auctioning off several top-notch trips.
Among my favorites up for bidding: A 6-day trip in Yellowstone with outfitter Off the Beaten Path; a 10-day Galapagos cruise with Lindblad Expeditions; or 7 nights in Costa Rica for a starting bid of just $400. Other destinations include Kenya, Belize, Peru, Turkey, Greenland, and Ecuador. All are offered by certifiably green operators.
In all, 11 travel packages will be auctioned off, with proceeds funding CREST's work (co-director Martha Honey is a judge for Conde Nast Traveler's World Savers Awards). The event will take place at a private home in Woodside, California; there is a suggested donation of $100, which can be used toward a bid on any of the trips. Think of it as an opportunity to take care of both your travel plans and your charitable giving for 2010.
* Check out our live reports from Monday's World Savers Congress, an event that brought together travel industry leaders to talk about corporate social responsibility
* Responsible Traveler: Making a difference