The role of social enterprises in travel

As travellers become increasingly aware of the social and environmental impact of their travels, many are beginning to look for ways to give back to the communities they visit. The great news is that there are now a growing number of organisations with social and environmental aims that you can book through. These social enterprises in travel and tourism offer a great opportunity to ensure your travel has broader social value…

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Wildlife and the Year of Sustainable Tourism

The United Nations has declared next year the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This is timely, as it comes at an important moment. On the one hand, the international community is preparing to embrace Agenda 2030 and the new Sustainable Development Goals. On the other, we have seen stark news about the state of the natural world in 2016. Even here in the UK, it is clear that the time to act is now.

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Aviation Carbon Reduction Scheme: Set to Fail?

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) heralded the agreement in October, of a new global market-based measure to control carbon emissions from international aviation, as an ‘historic agreement’. But will it make a difference to global climate change and deliver real carbon savings? I decided to take a closer look at the new Aviation Carbon Reduction Scheme…

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Redefine Tourism: Travel Bloggers Respond

In September, I joined the World Travel & Tourism Council in appealing to travellers and the tourism industry to join a conversation about how we can redefine tourism, to ensure it is sustainable both now and in the future. I was overwhelmed by the response I received, but it also got me thinking. Would anyone really change their travel behaviour as a result of reading my post? So, I challenged six of my favourite travel bloggers to tell me how they plan to help redefine tourism in future…

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Essential Strasbourg City Guide

Strasbourg is a city steeped in history and cultural diversity. Located in a strategic position in Europe, it has a long history of occupation and was most recently annexed to Germany in 1940. Liberated in 1944, Alsace was returned to France and Strasbourg became a symbol of reconciliation between the two countries. It is no wonder the city is so unique, with hints of its diverse history everywhere. To help you make the most of a short break in the city, I’ve put together my Essential Strasbourg City Guide…

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Discover the Historic Wine Cellar of Strasbourg

Have you ever visited a place on your travels and immediately felt close to a loved one who is no longer with us? A wonderful feeling that comes from sharing a love that endures from beyond the grave; reignited by a sense of place, a sound, a smell or a particular experience. That’s how I felt when I visited the historic wine cellar of Strasbourg hospital…

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A Strasbourg Discovery Tour with Social Impact

When I travel I try to ensure the activities I enjoy have a positive social impact, so last week I joined the Strasbourg Discovery Tour: Local Art & Culture through Visit.Org to get an introduction to the work of local Alsatian artisans, gain insight into the city’s unique history and culture, and provide a community benefit.

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Five reasons to travel to Brussels by Eurostar

Last week the news broke that Eurostar could cut train services and staff due to the ‘challenging environment’ following the UK’s EU referendum vote. I’m a huge fan of the Eurostar as an alternative to air travel, and couldn’t help thinking this could be a retrograde step for sustainable travel. So I decided to highlight my top five reasons to travel to Brussels by Eurostar…

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