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Ethical Travel: Top Ten Destinations

At Premier Timeshare Resale, we are concerned not only with making the timeshare industry a legitimate one, but using our personal and professional resources to serve and support others. One of the ways we can do this is to promote responsible and ethical travel. Fortunately for PTR, Earth Island Journal does just that.


Each year, the Ethical Traveler (an Earth Island Institute Project) researches and publishes a list of ten destinations in the developing world that best represent policies and actions protecting both human rights and the environment. The goal in publishing this list is to encourage these developing nations to continue in their efforts through the reward of tourism spending. Volunteer researchers evaluate each country for its performance in the areas of human rights, social welfare, and environmental protection, as well as its appeal as a travel destination.


The number one country was the Bahamas, with its recent implementations to reduce human trafficking and significantly expand national parks and marine protected areas. Chile was another top ten destination, with its increased gender equality measures, ambitious environmental initiatives and a program to move logging workers into tourism. The Dominican Republic was also a favorite for its improved social welfare and a plan to become carbon negative by 2020.


The other destinations in the top ten ethical travel spots are listed here with links to timeshare resale properties within the country, when applicable: Barbados, Cape Verde, Latvia, Lithuania, Mauritius, Palau, and Uruguay.


Interestingly, some of the destinations voted as winners in 2013’s ethical travel spots are falling off the list. Costa Rica continues to be a hub for child sex trafficking, and Ghana, another 2013 winner, is found to have active discrimination against same-sex couples. Samoa also lost its spot due to unsustainable logging and unimproved women’s rights.


For some, and definitely for the folks at Premier Timeshare Resale, it matters where we go and how we get there. We are grateful for the Earth Island Journal for reporting this valuable information, and encourage you to read their full report here, if you are interested.

Olympic Glory: Athens, Greece

We think that although Vancouver hosted the winter Olympic games, it’s a nice place to spend part of your summer, too. For summer Olympic Game Host Cities, our next pick for exploring is none other than the birth place of the Olympics itself: Athens, Greece.


Athens has actually hosted two summer games, one in 1896 and one more recently in 2004. In fact, Athens also hosted games in summer of 1906, although they are no longer officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (the IOC), which refers to them as the 1906 Intercalated Games. Because Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, it is fitting that Athens be designated as their host more than once in the modern era.


The capital city of Greece and considered by some to be the birthplace of not only the Olympics, but also Western civilization, Athens is a traveler’s paradise. With the major landmarks of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods within walking distance from the city center, Athens offers tourists a host of art and architecture to feast on.


Food itself is delicious, and dining has long been a social tradition for Athenians who lounge for hours in tavernas serving up traditional fare and regional cooking. Cretan cuisine, largely regarded as one of the healthiest versions of the olive oil-rich Mediterranean diet is a current trend in Athenian fare that travelers from the US can’t get enough of.

Athenian accommodations aren’t few and far between, either. While Athens timeshare resales do exist, timeshare owners wanting to travel to Greece might do well to use their travel points and stay somewhere like the Athens Hilton—completely renovated and with a range of services sure to satisfy. After the 2004 Olympics, Athens upgraded many of their overnight stay options, with a notable increase in the number of good-quality, mid-range family hotels, while classic luxury hotel’s like the Grande Bretagne are still around to offer travelers a good night’s sleep—and spa session.


Athens is a tantalizing intersection of ancient and modern, and timeshare owners wishing to explore Olympic locations should contact an agent at PTR to get ideas about how to best utilize their trading power. International timeshare resales, while seductive, can be tedious to unload, so if you’re looking to sell an international timeshare, let us know so that we can help you make sure all the legal loose ends don’t fray. Contact PTR today!