And the Eco-Vacation Oscar Goes to ...

Travel Blog  •  Joanna Kakissis  •  02.20.09 | 11:33 AM ET

Host Hugh Jackman and the losers! As part of a sweet “Everybody Wins at the Oscars!” deal, tour operator Lindblad Expeditions will host Jackman, all the non-winning acting nominees and best director nominees on a 10-day trip to the Galapagos, National Geographic Adventure reports.

I’m dying of jealousy, and not because I want to hang with Brangelina and the rest of the glitterati—but with the ancient tortoises and Galapagos penguins! Hope, too, that this announcement doesn’t mean a crush of paparazzi and crazed fans trampling on these fragile enchanted islands.

How about if Lindblad just sends me and my little footprints instead?

Joanna Kakissis's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post, among other publications. A contributor to the World Hum blog, she's currently a Ted Scripps fellow in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

5 Comments for And the Eco-Vacation Oscar Goes to ...

Susan 02.20.09 | 4:28 PM ET

No trampling allowed! The National Parks regulate the traffic in Galapagos more than any other place I’ve ever been. All guests must stay on marked paths and always must be escorted by a guide who has not more than around 12 people with him or her. Also, they regulate how many ships can be at any particular island at any given time so as not to disturb the sealife too much.

Zuri 02.21.09 | 9:40 AM ET

The Galapagos Islands are the most incredible living museum of evolutionary changes, with a huge variety of exotic species (birds, land animals, plants) and landscapes not seen anywhere else.

Ling 02.21.09 | 10:36 AM ET

Your little footprints, unfortunately, are not able to produce the same media publicity that a picture of Brangelina with a tortoise would bring to Lindblad.

Jessica 02.22.09 | 5:14 PM ET

Wow, no kidding! I’m drooling a bit at the idea of being flown to the Galapagos. Wonder if they’ll explore, or just stay in a hotel and have their photos taken? Sigh.

Eco Resorts 02.23.09 | 7:16 PM ET

Wow, like the celebrities need anymore amazing opportunities :P I do hope that this eco resort does not get trampled by anyone though, that would be sad!

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