Christmas is a time for giving. Let your Christmas gifts give back this year. Support Beyond Beanie, an up-and-coming socially responsible clothing company supporting artisans in Bolivia.
The competition for the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards at WTM has started in earnest as the longlist of organisations vying for the top spot at WTM in London this November is announced and we are delighted that Boutique Travel Blog’s founder and editor, Kathryn Burrington’s personal blog Travel With Kat is on the list, as is one of our favourite eco lodges, Sandele Eco Retreat in The Gambia.
Lisbon is a fabulous city to visit for a shortbreak, as I recently discovered for myself, and being further south than most European cities, the mild weather makes it an excellent choice for an out of season escape. I’d never been before and while I was eager to explore the city, my main reason for being there was to learn about the sustainability and corporate responsibility policies of a very special hotel, the Inspira Santa Marta.
Have you made a New Year’s resolution to travel more responsibly but don’t want to give-up your creature comforts? here’s our round-up of some of our favourite eco-chic holidays.
Anyone who has been to Africa will understand how a destination can ‘get under yourskin’; the wildlife, the wide-open spaces and the totally different pace of life all provide the perfect retreat from normality. Typically a safari will take the form of a four-wheel drive, however In The Saddle specialise in horse riding safaris in Africa, a unique way of exploring the nooks and crannies of a country without the invasive and inflexible nature of four wheels.
Waking up to the soft sound of the waves, singing birds and the rustling of the palm trees. Looking out the window to see monkeys and the most beautiful butterflies passing by. Getting away from it all, forgetting about such things as the time or the date, simply relaxing, surrounded by nature – this is what the Tembo Kijani EcoLodge offer their guests.
Would you like to experience Africa’s wildlife and nature and enjoy some of the continents loveliest beaches, while knowing that your holiday was not damaging the environment? Sarah Peled from Tembo Kijani Ecolodge in Tanzania, shares her thoughts on what it takes to be eco-friendly and create an ecolodge?
We all love a bit of luxury, but there is so much more to making a hotel really memorable. I recently asked 5 well-respected travel bloggers what were their favourite luxury, boutique or eco chic hotels. They replied with a very interesting mix, from the ultimate in luxury to something a little more unusual.
Holidaying in a ‘green’ way used to mean camping in a field surrounded by cow manure. How times have changed! The emergence of eco-chic holiday homes means that now you can play your part, respecting the planet, whilst relaxing in comfortable or even luxurious surroundings. Here’s five of our favourites…
In the sacred forest of Makasutu, you will find the perfect place to escape the world, relax and unwind. With just nine lodges, at many times, it will feel as if you have this magical setting all to yourself.