With the 1st advent Sunday today, the festive season is on and the countdown to Christmas day has started. We invite you to leave aside for a moment the shopping frenzy and multiple meet-ups and deadlines before the end of the year, and take a few moments to breathe in and out. Whether you are on a road or at home, you have the power through your everyday little decisions to make a positive impact on your future. We offer you this year again our Advent Calendar with green tips to trigger your inspiration.
The magic word today is social network and there are a lot of those for travelers online.
When travelling next time to Europe, this network could be your key to discover the French countryside from its terroirs.
This is happening! The 1st solar-powered road is open to the public.
Since November 12th 2014, 70m of bike lane in North Amsterdam are equipped with solar panels covered with tempered glass. For the 1st time, roads are used to “harvest” solar energy. The electricity produced is fed into the national grid but in the future could be used to power street and traffic lights or electric vehicles.
As the holiday season is getting closer, cities light up their streets and open their Christmas markets. This custom finds its roots in Middle Age Germany and is becoming ever more popular in many cities worldwide. During the 4 weeks of the advent, the period preceding Christmas day, Christmas markets are sprouting around the globe. These ephemeral islands of Christmas magic are enlivening the cities with scents of roasted nuts, bratwurst and mulled wine. The accent is set on artisanal, hand-made products as well as traditional ornaments and gifts from around the world.
The Mynatour team loves hearing about others’ experiences on the road just as much as we love researching the blog posts we write ourselves.
If you’ve got a story to tell or a must share experience about your best ever holiday we’d encourage you to share it with us. We promise to read everything we’re sent and once it’s posted we’ll give you a £5 Amazon voucher as a sign of our thanks.
This autumn, escape to North Italy and enjoy the beautiful ballet of autumnal colours around the South Tyrolean mountains and valleys. The South Tyrol province has something to offer during each season, but surely autumn is the cosiest time of the year.
When planning a green holiday, we are thinking about checking the eco-credentials of the lodge, booking a local guide or off-setting our air miles. Additionally a very simple little step towards a more sustainable holiday is to avoid using plastic bottles: Get a stainless steel or thermos bottle and when travelling in areas where water is not drinkable, you can treat your own water with a steripen or purifying tablets. This simple action means a lot to the environment.
If you are looking for a way to contribute the local community while enjoying a unique holiday, then look no further.
Elevate Destinations is a US-based tour operator specialising in sustainable and philanthropic luxury travel. All their tours are custom-made, designed with the greatest attention to detail and sustainability in mind and some have been awarded the prestigious title of “Tour of a Lifetime” by National Geographic.
The Cologne Carnival, the biggest street festival of Germany’s fourth largest city, opens on 11 November at 11.11. Up to 70000 carnival enthusiasts meet today on the Heumarkt square in the city centre of Cologne and will celebrate the beginning of the so-called “fifth season of the year”, the carnival. Get fancy dressed to welcome the traditional Dreigestirn, trio leading the carnival festivities, as well as numerous bands who will entertain the crowd until the little hours in the morning.
At a time when rainforests are facing massive deforestation, responsible for up to 20% of global green gas emissions, Julian Melchiorri, a student from The Royal College of Arts (RCA, London) has created an artificial leaf capable of producing oxygen from a little water and light.
With the world's largest rainforest in the Amazon River Basin, the breathtaking sights of the Patagonian plateau, the heights of the Andean plains, or the biodiverse Galapagos Islands, South America has a lot to offer for the eco-tourist seeking great adventures
1. Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Alta Floresta, Matto Grosso, Brazil
Little know about this incredible travel story, it is telling us about how a little adventure can turn into a lifestyle.
In 1989 a couple from Germany, Christine and Gunther Holtlorf, decided to go on a road trip to Africa. They set off with their new Mercedes G Wagen, a sturdy 4-wheel drive, for what was to become a 26-year long trip covering over 885000km and 177 countries.
Want to discover Europe sustainably, on a shoestring and make new friends along the way? This is possible when using the ride-sharing services of blablacar, an online marketplace where car drivers with empty seats find passengers going the same way. This is hitchhiking 2.0 with a lot more security than standing on the side of the road waiting for the providential ride. Blablacar, a start-up created in 2006 (http://www.blablacar.com/), is owing its success to its transparency, ease to use and trusted members.
Ecotourism is more than a concept. If tourism is now the largest industry worldwide, ecotourism is its fastest growing market according to the World Tourism Organisation.
When as a traveller, you decide to book with a locally engaged agency or organisation, you are becoming part of the story. The scope of ecotourism is to protect and share our planet treasures in a respectful and sustainable way for the local population and the environement.
Get inspired for your next adventure holiday with Facing Waves, a TV series featuring 30-minute episodes about the world best destinations for canoe, raft and stand up paddleboard experiences. The show explores each destination from a unique point of view following top athletes in these water sports and telling about inspiring places and attractions in the area.
We are living in an ever more connected world but what about our animal and plant counterparts? Their natural habitat is being more and more reduced and disrupted through human activities. Nature reserve and national parks are a great way of protecting natural habitat and species. However being enclosed areas, they have the drawback of causing as well the extinction of some of the fauna and flora which can not freely move or adapt to the changes in environment and climate.