It took a bit longer than usual this winter, but it finally seems to be getting consistently cold (can you say “global weirding?”). That means it’s time to start planning those winter vacations, and the NYTimes list “The 45 Places to Go in 2012” has some great ideas. Whether you’re a mountain man, a city slicker, a beach bum or a snow bunny, the NYTimes has got you covered (for the record, you don’t have to be any of these things; this list is long enough for everyone to find something they’ll enjoy). Two of the most intriguing destinations on the list are Uganda and the Dominican Republic, places where the Undiscovered Travel Collection is heavily represented.

Coming in at No. 33 on the list is Uganda, the “pearl of Africa.” Home to over half of the worlds’ remaining population of mountain gorillas, Uganda also boasts high numbers of bird species as well as a breathtaking variety of terrain, from some of the highest mountains in Africa—the Rwenzori Mountains—to sprawling savannahs and dense jungles. Pearls of Uganda, a collection of community tourism enterprises represented by the UTC, allows visitors to experience all of what this beautiful country has to offer while giving back to the communities in which they stay. All Pearls, such as the Batwa Trail and Katwe Salt Lake Tour, employ local people as staff and the funds generated go to community development projects such as schools and health clinics. Uganda is the perfect place for all you philanthropic adventure seekers.

Now for all you beach bums out there, two spots down from Uganda at No. 35 is the Samaná Peninsula in the Dominican Republic. While the Undiscovered Travel Collection does not have clients on the peninsula itself, a number of them are quite close, such as the Dominican Treasures Fair Trade Chocolate Tour and the Caño Hondo Ecolodge, and all tourism enterprises benefit from an increase in positive attention. The article highlights the peninsula’s beaches and its potential for ecotourism, two things the DR as a whole has a lot of, but warns that the crowds are coming, so you should hurry there.

So if you’re looking to escape from the cold and also want an adventure with a hint of responsible tourism, you can’t go wrong with Uganda or the Dominican Republic. Be sure to check out the Collection’s initiatives in both countries while making your plans, and feel free to take a look at our other destinations to give yourself some ideas for future trips!

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Tubagua Plantation Eco-Village is a 12-acre mountaintop eco-lodge with a stunning view of the Puerto Plata coast featuring “Robinson Crusoe-style” thatch-roof cabanas and panoramic vistas.
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Experience the tranquility and beautiful views of the DR’s northern mountain range at the Sereno de la Montaña Ecolodge ecolodge, where nature lovers are welcome.
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Dominican Treasures is a network of natural and cultural attractions on the tropical island of the Dominican Republic.
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In La Caleta, every day is an adventure. In our Marine Park there are a wide variety of incredible marine activities for everyone
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Rancho Ecologico El Campeche is a wilderness lover’s paradise home to a wide range of camping facilities, rustic lodging and activities aimed at bringing visitors close to nature.
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At Rio Limpio, visitors experience the natural beauty of the area along with the simplicity and diversity of the setting.
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GuanAventuras offers visitors a unique experience to connect with the vibrant nature, culture, and communities of the Southern Coast in the Dominican Republic.
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Hidden in plain sight, the Loma Isabel de Torres is home to incredible biodiversity where you can hike our nature trail in a tropical forest with 3 different climatic zones.
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Sonido del Yaque has everything necessary to offer you a true ecotourism experience during your stay, located in an area adorned by lush vegetation and the harmony of the Yaque.

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Aguas Blancas—or “white water”— is the highest elevation waterfall in all of the Caribbean and is located in the breathtaking central mountain range of the Dominican Republic.
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The Fairtrade Chocolate Tour adventure is an opportunity for visitors to connect with both the stunning nature of the Dominican Republic and meet the country’s hard working rural population.
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ECO-Tour Barahona offers a variety of charming experiences designed to bring the visitor closer to the natural beauty and vibrant culture of the Dominican Republic.
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Located in Barahona, in the unspoiled and secluded southwest region of the country, is Casa Bonita. This breathtaking lodge delivers immersion in nature along with the highest levels of luxury.
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