Tags archives: eco-tourism

The Travelettes Guide to independent and sustainable trekking in Nepal

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In order to go trekking in the Himalayas you don't necessarily have to book a tour through an agency way in advance - you can in fact also arrange everything spontaneously in Kathmandu. This guide to independent and sustainable trekking in Nepal is full of tips to ensure that your trekking experience has only positive impact on you, the locals in Nepal and t[...]

What to love about Sri Lanka

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It started years ago with a tiny bowl of finely chopped greens, lime juice, shredded coconut and a wild array of spices. Forming a perfect synthesis with the creamy beetroot curry in front of me this humble pile of spicy greens won me over right away. My very first sambol - a traditional Sri Lankan condiment - was served to me in the middle of a grey Ber[...]

15 Ways to Travel Green

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Frequent traveling has an incredible impact on the world - today we want to be at the other end of the world faster and cheaper, tomorrow we don't want to do without our favourite products while we travel, and the day after we wonder why there is so much rubbish in the streets. The privilege to roam the world freely and reasonably affordably takes its toll o[...]

Hotels We Love: Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge

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Have you ever been to Heaven on Earth? I have: Well, actually this is of course a much more tangible place than Heaven. This is the Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge in northern Tanzania. After trying and failing to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro last June my dad and I treated ourselves to a luxurious getaway close to Ngorongoro Crater nature reserve and Serengeti Na[...]

Animals Attract - The Truth About Conservation & Animal Entertainment

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The other day we shared a post on our Facebook page called "Why you shouldn't ride Elephants in Thailand". I have previously also written about the topic because with a blog named The Midnight Blue Elephant it is a something close to my heart and because it is the right thing to do. Or rather not to do. What was interesting about this Facebook post, howev[...]

When Voluntourism becomes Meaningful

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“Where are you from?” a keen teenager I bumped into during my walk in Melo, on the island of Flores (Indonesia), asked. “I am from Italy,” I said. Then quickly added: “You speak excellent English.” Because he really did. “I want to work in tourism,” he explained eagerly, as he pointed me towards his home, showing me the nuts drying in the sun, from whi[...]

Hotels We Love: Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador

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It doesn't matter how stressed I am from travelling, from missed busses, delayed flights, lost luggage or inevitable language barriers, I know exactly where to go to calm down and relax for a few days: the forest. It could be any forest really, as long as there is plenty of green and I can hear the birds sing; but the rain forest in particular has an instant[...]

Experience Zanzibar like a Local with Red Monkey Lodge

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"Are you ready for the best food in all of Zanzibar?" - wasn't that what Mark had asked me in the afternoon? Then, why am I sitting on the floor of a candle-lit living room, with my dad on my left and a bunch of expats living on the island completing our circle? Fair enough, the smell coming from the partly inside, partly outside kitchen is amazing and my tu[...]

How should we teach our children to travel?

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I estimate I only have a few months of swearing and cursing left. Possibly less. My baby is due any day now and I'm told language skills will start to develop pretty much from day one and that within six months there's a small chance the baby will be making sounds that could be words. So, ideally, I don't want those first words to be the kind that would n[...]

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