After building his New York City hospitality empire, Eric Goode turned to the pursuit he is most passionate about: traveling the globe to protect endangered chelonians.

By Lila Battis
Updated: November 14, 2016
Courtesy of Turtle Conservancy

Nightlife and hotel impresario Eric Goode is dedicated to protecting the world’s turtles. Every year, Goode logs thousands of miles visiting countries like Madagascar, South Africa, and Mexico to bring awareness to their plight and prevent habitat loss. Here, he shares memories of these trips, and his dedication to the conservationist cause on behalf of his Ojai-based nonprofit, the Turtle Conservancy.

Related: Goode and his business partner, Sean MacPherson, have managed to create a mini-empire of buzzy hotels and restaurants in New York City. If you want to stay or dine in a place that delivers style and a serious scene, all you have to do is check out their downtown places.

Related: Trips that marry outdoor adventure with conservation, education, and voluntourism continue to grow in popularity. Arkaba, a 60,000-acre private nature conservancy at the edge of South Australia’s outback, aims to reintroduce the country’s native flora and fauna. Travelers can walk through the wilderness and learn about conservation at this 19th century sheep station turned 21st century model of ecological tourism.

Related: If you’re looking to take a conservation-based and wildlife trip to some of the world’s more far-flung corners, you’ll need to set a budget. Here are trips from Money editor Diane Harris on how to save for your dream trip.