What Does Sustainable Luxury Travel Look Like?

Joseph-Smolen-and-Kaitlin-Solimine-300x199I’m thrilled to announce my husband Joseph and I will be serving as this year’s coveted Cayuga Collection interns in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Forbes called the position “The Best Job Ever” —as interns, we will experience the best the collection has to offer on a “working vacation” that involves help with recycling, composting, beach cleanups, tree planting, wild cat tracking, and local schools and charities.

An aerial view of Lapa Rios, one of the Cayuga Collection's properties

An aerial view of Lapa Rios, one of the Cayuga Collection’s properties

The Cayuga Collection rightfully prides itself on a commitment to sustainable tourism combining eco-friendly principles and socially responsible programs. We cannot wait to explore the intersection of travel and sustainability with the Cayuga Collection as our guide.

Expect lots of updates from the field when we start the internship this autumn.

Here’s more about the Cayuga Collection‘s sustainable hospitality (from their website):

The Cayuga Collection consists of nine eco lodges, eco resorts, and sustainable hotels and resorts in different regions of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. All Cayuga Hotels specialize in creating the symbiosis of sustainability and luxury always providing a sense of place taking into account local culture and customs.

Every location offers unique active lifestyle experiences, such as surfing and paddling lessons or hiking in the rainforest. All properties offer back of the house sustainability tours where you can witness everything from farm to table gastronomy, to eco-friendly laundry practice and biogas produced by pigs. Sustainability at Cayuga goes beyond simply hanging up your towel or placing a card on your bed.

Cayuga’s mission is thoroughly practiced on all levels of their organization including but not limited to; reducing water usage and monitoring wastewater to ensure the protection of nearby ecosystems or sewer systems, implementing extensive recycling and composting systems, consistently improving energy sources and efficiency, utilizing natural local resources in the building and maintenance of the infrastructure, and educating all employees on the importance and practices of sustainable tourism.

Cayuga is also socially active within the communities that they occupy. They support various programs for environmental and social improvement; act as an interface that connects responsible travelers to improvement projects, and support local businesses, distributors, educational programs and artists.

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About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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