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Green-key certified

The Green-key certified operations all are operating under a set of criteria that addresses environmental as well as social issues.

Type in the name of the country or city to find a certified operation near you!

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Waiting for the storm to pass…

by Ditte
Waiting for the storm to pass…

Needless to say that tourism has been hit hard by the covid-19 crisis. And at this moment in time, it is doubtful that tourism and travel will ever be the same again.

Hard times like these, is also the time when heroes are forged.

All across the globe responsible hotels, lodges and camps are engaged in supporting their local communities while also struggeling themselves with the lack of revenue.

In Cambodia an initiative by 3 hotels and a museum called #hotelsjoininghands are distributing 400 locally cooked mealpacks a day for the most affeced people.

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Avoid single use plastic

by Ditte
Avoid single use plastic

Plastic is a fantastic material. Really! But we are using it in a inconsiderate and reckless manner. Every day 8 million pieces of plastic end up in our oceans.

The majority of debris in the ocean is plastic – and on the beaches almost 80% of the litter is plastic.

Most of us have already seen the devastating images of marine life; turtles, birds, whales and more being tangled up in lines, six-pack-holders, and on and on.

One thing you can do, is to say no – or ask for alternatives – to single use plastic. Especially when visiting beach resorts and the likes. It takes no more than a wind gust to carry the cup/straw/bottle into the ocean – even when properly discarded into a waste bin.

Politely refusing a straw or a plastic teaspoon helps put focus on the problem and create a demand for safe alternatives.

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Do a beach clean

Do a beach clean

We often travel as a family, not only mum, dad and kids but also the grannies are happy to join our adventures. We are all equally engaged in keeping the beaches and oceans clean – and therefore we sometimes we organise a beach-clean as a family activity.

Either by bringing a bag for picking litter when we walk along the beach – or when we snorkel (we are a happy bunch of snorkelers too – read more here) we pick up plastic from the ocean, when we meet it.

To be able to estimate the total amount of litter, we have made a protocol for the clean. That means we measure out the area we clean and then later we can extrapolate roughly how much plastic could be picked up if the entire beach was cleaned.

Beach clean on Borneo 2017. the sections are measured with a 5m piece of string.
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Travel hack – Use your own headphones on planes

by Ditte
Travel hack – Use your own headphones on planes

You probably own a perfectly good set of earphones that you use regularly.

You have likely also tried to use the headphones that airline companies hand out during flights.

Let’s just say they’re not top notch (can speak for business- or firs class). Other airlines let you buy an adapter thing for 5 bucks or so.

But why not save both money and resources and simply use your own earphones or headset – no adapter needed!

For the last 5 years or so, that has been one of my favorite travel hacks!

Here’s how:

Take your regular mini-jack headset plug and put it in to one of the two holes for the headset. I use the top one.

Then dont put the jack all the way in – only one or two clicks in you will get a nice stereo sound. You may have to wiggle it in and out a bit before you find that sweet stereo sound spot.

If you press the jack plug it all the way in, you get only mono sound or nothing at all. Be patient – it works!

Enjoy!

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