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What is ‚green travel‘, anyway?

Good Reads is my collection of readworthy articles about Sustainable Tourism that can be found on the Internet. The Washington Post „If you travel, you will leave a charcoal smudge in your wake. You can’t help it. Planes spew carbon emissions, hotels guzzle gallons of water to launder sheets and towels, and thirsty travelers chug-a-lug plastic bottles of water. But don’t let the guilt dampen your vacation. Eco-friendly travel practices can lift the remorse and lighten the blemish on Mother Earth…“ -> Full article


‚Waste‘ or ‚trash‘ are huge problems in developing countries. Not so many years ago people simply used to harvest or grow what they need. Back then the few goods on sale were wrapped in banana leaves or similar packaging. After usage the packaging was dumped on the ground. Nowadays most goods are wrapped in plastic. Though there is no working official garbage collection, people still dump their left-overs. Which leads to huge piles of trash. Many NGOs are working on rising awareness among villagers for the trash problem. They are introducing programs, that allow people to collect their garbage and deliver it to a dump site. They also try to build up garbage collection mechanisms. But it is not only about the garbage produced by locals. The NGO ‚Refill not Landfill‚ in Cambodia calculated how many plastic water bottles are used and thrown away by the tourists. The numbers are shocking. With 4.8 million visitors traveling to Cambodia in 2015, staying an average of 6.8 days and consuming an average of 2 litres of bottled water …

The country that’s drowning

Good Reads is my collection of readworthy articles about Sustainable Tourism that can be found on the Internet. BBC Travel „Rising sea levels threaten key coastal areas like the Mekong Delta, which produces the majority of Vietnam’s rice. The only thing standing between the country and the ocean is a tree…“ -> Full article

A destination too popular?

Good Reads is my collection of readworthy articles about Sustainable Tourism that can be found on the Internet. Condé Nast Traveler „The last time you peered out an airplane window when you were landing somewhere new—maybe it was the fjords of eastern Norway or the lights of Kuala Lumpur—you probably felt a rush, an adrenaline surge that seemed to flash from stomach to limbs. It’s your brain’s natural response to the unknown. Psychologists associate this trait—inherent in all of us, but on a broad scale of intensity—with what compels us to indulge our wanderlust on the fringes of the map. But what happens when the unknown becomes well known? What makes a spot an actual destination? And can it ever recover?…“ -> Full article…


Ecotourism is about uniting preservation, communities and Sustainable Travel. This means that those who offer ecotourism activities should adopt the following principles: – Minimize physical, social and behavioral impacts. – Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect. – Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts. – Provide direct financial benefits for conservation. – Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry. – Deliver memorable experiences to visitors that help raise tourist’s sensitivity. – Design, construct and operate environmentally friendly facilities. – Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People and create empowerment. Still, it is not easy to build up an ecotourism project. Do you want to give it a try? Check out that link and try out the Interactive Ecotourism Game. You will find out that it is not that easy to build up a ecotourism project and that many pitfalls are waiting for you.

Air Travel

Travel by air leaves a huge carbon footprint. Find some facts in my infographic below. Still, there are many reasons to travel and chances to compensate. Find out more in my CO2 Emissions article.

Environment Projects

Trash, waste or garbage are huge problems in many developing countries. Not so many years ago the people used to grow what they eat. There weren’t many shops selling food or other goods. People simply had what they harvested. If they bought food it was wrapped in banana leafs. So everybody was used to just throw the packaging away. Today everything is wrapped in plastic. But in many countries there is no working garbage collection. So the trash piles up everywhere. Many NGOs and Charity Organizations work on solving the trash problem. Like on that small island in Cambodia. We started off on a boat to a small island. On the way we saw some fisher boats. Nearly all people living on this Island were fishers. Due to bad weather conditions we had to use a jetty some miles away from the village and then walk. The people are very nice to the animals on the island and it was very cute to watch the puppies play. Before, this place was filled with knee deep rubbish. But …

Nature Preservation

Rising tourist numbers create jobs and economic growth, but do not always go hand in hand with the preservation of environment and landscape. But the awareness for the importance of preserving an unspoiled and functioning nature is rising. There are several examples around the world that show how tourism and nature preservation can work hand in hand. I would like to showcase two of them: South Tyrol: South Tyrol’s natural landscape thrills tourists and locals alike. Since the onset of mass tourism in the 1970s, however, the Alpine regions, especially Austria, have struggled with harmonizing rising tourist numbers and nature preservation. For South Tyrol it early had been clear that an unspoiled nature is basis for the success of tourism. That was when the idea of ​​sustainability has been introduced in South Tyrol’s tourism industry. Gentle tourism is the slogan under which tourism projects in South Tyrol are developed. This is also supported by the European Union and its „Agenda for Sustainable and Competitive European Tourism“. And it is the motto under which many hotels, travel agencies and tourism specialists …