This one's for the ladies only, guys. Sweet, recently launched by gay travel guru Shannon Wentworth, is a new tour operator for lesbians who care about the world they live in (which is most of you, right?). Wentworth teamed up with CarbonFund.org to figure out exactly how her trips could be carbon neutral (answer: by helping to reforest a large area along the Tensas River in Louisiana). Wentworth also plans to incorporate humanitarian projects into each of her trips.
A 7-day Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Spirit is on tap from November 8-15, beginning in New Orleans (3-day pre-package available for those wanting to pitch in with latter-day Katrina relief effort) and setting sail for Mexico, Belize, and Honduras for less-ascetic activities like diving, snorkeling, and hanging with the girls. Top-notch gay comedians and DJs entertain onboard. And Wentworth takes care of her girls: for those looking to shed a few pounds, there's "Sweet Sweat Bootcamp" made possible by Shawn Harkins of Dr. Phil's Weight Loss Race; or "Sweet Sparks," an onboard networking and empowerment series designed to help you help yourself.
Coming up in 2010: a Kenyan safari, with stops Nairobi first, including Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage (you'll want to take one of the babies home with you), the Giraffe Center, and St. Lazarus Community School, where you'll donate school supplies, meet the students and hear about their lives. Then it's off to game drives in Amboseli and Masai Mara.
The deals are sweet right now too, and there's even 12 month payment plan (from $71 per person per month) with no hidden fees or interest.
Clark Mitchell is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.