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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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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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Visit.org: Travel with positive social impact

If you’re looking for travel options that are a little bit different, and offer an immersive, authentic and impactful experience, it can be hard to know where to start. But there is an online platform for engaging with not-for-profit and other community organisations that will help you find the right opportunity. Earlier this year I became a Visit.Org ambassador and I’d like to introduce you to some of the opportunities to travel with positive social impact that you can access through the Visit.Org site…

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Discover Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country

There is something wonderful about waterfalls. The roar of rushing water that builds louder as you approach; the sheer power as a river plunges over the precipice and downwards into a deep pool below. Stone worn by centuries of movement and the kinetic energy of water tumbling against a rock face. A mist gently rising above… And if you love waterfalls like I do, a visit to Brecon Beacons Waterfall Country in Wales will not disappoint.

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Explore the Surrey Hills AONB

The Surrey Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) has been described as one of England’s finest landscapes, with its rolling chalk downs and wooded valleys.  It is also rich in heritage, and offers some unexpected surprises for anyone who explores a little deeper. I decided to find out what the area has to offer…

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

The UK & Ireland leg of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is a chance to fuel your wanderlust without even leaving your home town. This is an event that brings mountain sports to you on the big screen, with stunning backdrops and huge characters to inspire your next adventure. And this year’s programme certainly did not disappoint…

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Forest Holidays: A Woodland Hideaway

A visit to Forest Holidays is all about finding a little sanctuary deep in the forest. A place to relax and recharge your batteries, but also to reconnect with nature and rediscover your place in the natural world.  So for the next stop in my tour of the best of South West of England sustainable tourism, I headed to the most northerly county in the region for a forest holiday in the Forest of Dean…

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The London Eye: A Bird’s Eye View

International visitors have long been fascinated by the diverse appeal that London has to offer, while British tourists often neglect their capital city in favour of an overseas package tour. But this summer the staycation is hotly tipped to make a come back. So I decided it was high time I spent a day being a tourist in my own capital, and what better place to start than a ride on the London Eye…

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5 Reasons to do the Eden Project SkyWire

Botanical gardens are not normally associated with high adrenaline activities, but then The Eden Project is no normal botanical gardens! Here you can fly over the biomes on England’s longest and fastest zip wire, plummet at 50mph from a 65ft cliff on a giant swing, or free fall from a 12-metre platform! In case you’re feeling tempted (or even if you’re not), I’ve put together my top 5 reasons to do the Eden Project SkyWire this Summer.

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