The Eco-Traveller's Bucket List 2015
Would you like to give something back during your travels in 2015 to near and far countries? We have compiled a list of seven inspiring places and experiences that will tickle every Eco-Traveller’s fancy:
Protect Thailand’s Coral Reefs
Are you passionate about diving and would you like to give something back to the underwater world you so love? Five-star diving resort Zeavola’s „Coral Freedom Project“ gives you this opportunity by helping to protect the local coral reefs through rebuilding its population. Zeavola on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand was recently awarded the title of “World’s Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel” and is committed to protecting the biodiversity and ecosystem of the local sea.
Carbon Neutral Travel
Shed your CO2 pounds at the family resort Stern in Austria. Your hosts will help you calculate your CO2 emissions upon arrival, then offset them through sustainable living and experiences during your stay. And should you still have CO2 emissions left over, you can offset them by donating to one of the hotel’s many climate protection projects.
Italy among Italians
Immerse yourself in authentic Italian life in the small town of Borgomaro, where La Famiglia Scalambrin runs the Albergo Diffuso Relais del Maro. The 14 rooms of the small eco-hotel are spread all over town. That way guests naturally get in touch with locals and become privy to the many secrets and anecdotes of individual homes and their charming rooms.
Whale Watching on Oregon’s Wild Coast
Between March and November you can experience majestic whales up close on Oregon’s rugged south coast, even from the land. The probably most laid back observation point is in the hot tub at WildSpring Guest Habitat, an eco-lodge with five unique guesthouses. From the whirlpool you can look out over the ocean and even see migrating whales if you’re lucky.
Save the Clownfish
Ironically, after making people aware of the endangered clownfish species, the movie Finding Nemo also inspired many to acquire the fish as a pet. At present the species is still severely endangered. To preserve this enchanting creature for future generations, five-star resort Pimalai in Thailand supports the breeding and release of this very special fish and invites guests to get involved in the project during their stay.
Listen to wolfs howling in Transylvania
Listen to the howling of wolfs in the heart of Transylvania. The town of Zalánpatak is accessible only via a bumpy road. Prince Charles was so taken by the wild beauty of this place that he bought a property that today bears his name. The HRH Prince Charles Guesthouse is a dreamlike eco-lodge where, with some luck, you may even spot bears.
Just the name is reason enough to visit this island off the coast of Tanzania, but it gets better: Chole Island, its small sister island that boasts only 800 residents and is home to Chole Mjini, an eco-paradise featuring six tree houses. Lonely Planet voted the resort one of the top ten eco-lodges in the world – to us it’s simply paradise on earth.