Tags archives: sustainable-travel

How do you travel in an Eco-friendly Way?

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Traveling and thinking green may not seem like they go very well together (at least that's what I thought for a long time) but thankfully, Berlin freelancers Anna Schunck and Marcus Werner founded the German online magazine Viertel \ Vor this year and have since taught me otherwise. They have moved out to the countryside in beautiful Brandenburg and are docu[...]

Discovering Ko Phi Phi's best kept secret

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"Sometimes life is full of surprises" they say, and there is probably no time in life when this is more true than when traveling. I was on a two week stint through Thailand when I took the ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi, knowing I would be staying at the Zeavola Resort, a place I was invited to check out to review for you guys. Before going, I had a quick[...]

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: The Tongsai Bay on Ko Samui

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"Pardon me while I hang out in heaven for the next few days" was my first Instagram photo caption of The Tongsai Bay Resort. When the resort opened its white, pearly gates to me (okay, more like bamboo gates), I entered a world where a relaxing vacation lives in harmony with nature. Ko Samui’s first five star green hotel offered four tranquil days of excepti[...]

The Footprints We Leave Behind: Exploring the Impact of Tourism

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If I close my eyes, I can still remember the first taste of that spoonful of freshly made dark chocolate. The subtle crunch of the sugar granules lending its sweetness, the slight bitter taste from the cocoa beans mixing with the smoothness of the whipped in milk. Moments ago I had seen all 3 ingredients come together like a choreographed dance–melting into [...]

The Rainforest of the Austrians in Costa Rica

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With images of wooden jungle cabins, untouched beaches and wild animals roaming free, the word “eco-tourism” resonates with my memories of Costa Rica like no other. Never before have I traveled a place where ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY was written across nearly everything: car rental companies, back country lodges, traditional restaurants, tour agencies and[...]

Kolarbyn Eco Lodge - Sweden's most primitive hotel

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It's often very handy to consult our facebook group to see what sort of things you guys like to read about and enjoy. A surprisingly strong response often comes with anything to do with the outdoors - be it mountain-climbing, canoeing or camping, apparently almost everyone has a soft spot for a "back to nature" type holiday. Yesterday I posted this photo [...]

Link Love: yoga, thieves, and a trip to the Amazon

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Hello Travelettes! It's time to share with you some of my favorite links at the moment! They are all about things that have recently inspired me, got me off the couch and out into the world, or the kitchen, or the gym and hopefully they will interest you too! new york times As some of you may know, San Francisco is my home as of this moment and, among othe[...]

Sailing the Seven Seas

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Most girls' idea of luxury travel would be flying first class, or being chauffer driven in some fancy sports car - well, not for this Travelette! Having taken inspiration from the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film, I recently embarked on a little mini trip from England to Belgium by … you guessed it …. by boat! I was a little nervous about sailing, b[...]

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