The February issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine featured an interesting story on Tribewanted.com. The story goes that in late 2006, a few entrepreneurs had the idea to start an on-line community with the intent to develop a real life tribe of eco-volunteers in a remote area of the world. The remote area turned out to be a Fijian island, Vorovorro. People are already on the island, developing it in an environmentally friendly way. Ultimately, the resources built during the 3 year experiment will be left for the indigenous people to use long after the foreigners have left. Anyone can join the tribe. There are 3 tiers of membership fees. Basically, your paying for your time on the island, and all the hoopla that goes with it.
- 7 nights = $354
- 14 nights = $707
- 21 nights = $1,061
I think it's safe to say the airfare to get there is up to you. If this post piques your interest, check out the site as 1,078 of the 5,000 tribal spots are already taken. You can read the entire article and see photo's on National Geographic's site. Ironically, despite the awesome stories, I've decided not to renew my subscription given my need to save, save, save.
It just so happens that the author of the article, James Vlahos, will be a speaker at the Adventures in Travel Expo which is being held at Washington, DC's convention center this weekend. I'm planning to attend, and cover, the adventure travel show. Look for a review with photos early next week!