Jennifer Stewart

Jennifer Stewart
I am a Justmeans Travel staff writer. My diverse professional background includes civil engineering, playing the violin, and most recently, user experience design. Such a diverse professional background combined with a penchant for travel writing will surely make readers think about traveling in a new way.

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9 years 3 months ago

Responsible travel may carry a rigid connotation, but nothing is rigid about cyclotouring, or more fondly, bike tours. Long before the global warming crisis prompted Americans to revisit the concept of biking as a fun, earth- friendly alternative to the large carbon footprints of taxis or tour busses, Europeans had already adopted biking as a regular mode of transportation. Historians are unable to pin point the geographic origin of “cyclotouring” (the name used to refer to bike tours in the late 1890’s), but earliest accounts of activity were in London and Paris. Over the 19th century, bike tours continued to grow in popularity and continue to draw thousands of...


9 years 3 months ago

One of the many joys of sustainable travel is the education process that typically accompanies each adventure. In a day and age when our oceans are threatened by unprecedented manmade catastrophes, there is no better time to embrace sustainable seafood as part of your sustainable travel experience.

Over 2.6 billion people rely on fish as their primary form of protein. Unfortunately, most of those 2.6 billion are ingesting harmful chemicals that are difficult to detect. At the top of the list for harmful chemicals found in fish are PBDEs or flame retardants, chlorinated dioxins, and DDT, just to name a few. Flame retardants contain high levels of hazardous...


9 years 3 months ago

Planning a stateside vacation but trying to spend as little money as possible? Well, there’s no better time than this weekend to venture out to one of our nation’s beautiful national parks. The U.S. National Park Service is waving the admission fee at all national parks this weekend. With the normal admission price at $25 per person, a family of four can automatically save $100! At a time when most American families are much more budget- conscious, savings of any sort are always welcomed. Perhaps the admission fee savings will attract families to some of the nation’s lesser known yet exotic national parks.

The Lassen Volcanic National Park is in Mineral Old...


9 years 3 months ago

Cities along the Gulf of Mexico are barely surviving the summer travel season. After millions of gallons of oil- saturated seawater, what is typically the busiest time of the year has become the slowest time yet. Pictures of oil- soaked seagulls, unsightly tar balls, and thick films of oil floating for miles of seawater disturbed the public, causing a dramatic drop in tourism, and subsequently, revenue. But in the past few weeks, seafood fishing has been allowed to reconvene. This is great news for the thousands of fishermen who are otherwise out of work, but the general public is apprehensive, for good reason. While the government claims that seafood caught and...


9 years 3 months ago

Sustainable travel is proving to be a popular market for today’s traveler. Both farm and product factory tours have increased in popularity as well. Tours exist for just about everything, from beer and wine to crayons. Sustainable farms are taking notice and are now offering fun family tours across the country. The following organizations are going above and beyond to provide fun and informative sustainable travel through sustainable farm tours.

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is the culmination of several regional sustainable farms throughout North Carolina and South Carolina...


9 years 3 months ago

Responsible travel does not have to be an afterthought when planning a refreshing summer vacation.  Instead of flocking to overcrowded resorts and ecosystem- exhausting water parks, why not consider an environmentally conscious trip to a refreshing swimming hole? Often times, sustainable travel requires abandoning conventional methods of entertainment to embrace and respect nature. There is no better way to do so than to venture to a beautiful swimming hole. Since the idea of typing “swimming hole” in a GPS is a disenchanting task, some environmentally conscious companies have done the work for...


9 years 3 months ago

You have finally begun to embrace a sustainable living lifestyle. By embracing sustainable living, you know that you are providing safer environments and fair wages for farmers and farming communities all over the country. You know that by choosing food, soaps, and even clothing products produced on sustainable farms, you are dramatically reducing or completely eliminating the risk of ingesting dangerous pesticides and pollution. You also know that supporting sustainable farms by purchasing their products preserves the environment. Congratulations! Now that you have made such dramatic yet beneficial...


9 years 3 months ago

One of my best grade school memories is getting to fill out the “All About Me” worksheets on the first day of school. When else can you devote an entire morning to listing interesting demographics such as your favorite color, animal, and song? But never fear. I am not here to tell you about my favorite color (changes daily) or song (“My Michelle” by Guns N’ Roses). I simply want my Justmeans readers to understand who I am.

I am a Texas girl and a Houston lover. I love Houston not only because it is home, but because there are international people everywhere! Dare to...


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