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Interview with Corendon
We were happy to talk to Anne Jet Niermeijer, MVO Manager and CSR Manager of Corendon. In the interview she tells us how the Dutch tour operator incorporates sustainability in their offer, the benefits they gained from our sustainable travelscan and the importance of leading as a good example in sustainable tourism.
Interview with Mangrove Lodge in Tanzania
Have you ever wondered what it's like to stay in a small sustainable lodge in a country as beautiful as Tanzania? Do you want to know more about the sustainable practices smaller hotels implement in their day-to-day operations? After announcing our partnership with the ecolabel Responsible Tourism Tanzania, we were lucky to talk to the owner of one of their certified properties - Mangrove Lodge in Zanzibar.
Your winter holiday in Norway
Norway, with its diverse and unique nature, is one of the most popular winter holiday destinations. And rightfully so! The breath-taking landscape includes forest-covered hills, as well as stunning fjords, glaciers and mountains. That’s what makes Norway the perfect country for your next winter holiday. Whether you are looking to explore outdoor life or cozy up in one of the many cabins, we got you covered!
Interview with EXO Travel
bookdifferent.com has recently had the honor of talking to the Asian-based Destination Management Company EXO Travel. Read on to know more about the importance of implementing responsible practices when traveling, the benefits of offsetting carbon for flights and accommodations and the ways EXO Travel communicates sustainability in their tour offers!
An easy way you can act on climate change
Today is World Vegan Day, a day where vegans around the world celebrate and champion their lifestyle. By now, most people probably now what veganism means and that it is in general, a very positive thing. But did you know that cutting out animal products is an easy, yet very effective, way you can act on climate change?
Interview with Saúl Blanco Sosa of NEPCon
We recently got to talk to Saúl Blanco Sosa, NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Services Manager. With 25 years of experience, the ecolabel knows a thing or two about responsible travel and the changes that need to be made in the industry to ensure a sustainable future for all.
Interview with Bogdan Papuc of Eco-Romania
We chatted with Bogdan Papuc, executive director of the Association of Ecotourism in Romania (AER), responsible for our partner-ecolabel Eco-Romania. In this interview Bogdan Papuc talks about the importance of discovering places close to your home instead of flying abroad, the uniqueness of Romania as a destination and the ecolabel's main focus in their certification system.
Spooky 2019 Halloween Getaway
“What comes to your mind when you think of the word Transylvania, if you ponder it at all? What comes to my mind are mountains of savage beauty, ancient castles, werewolves, and witches - a land of magical obscurity.” – Elizabeth Kostova
Interview with Anita Gschwind, Head of Office, ibex fairstay
We talked to Anita Gschwind, Head of Office ibex fairstay about the ecolabel’s experience in the sustainable tourism sector, their role in making the industry more transparent and responsible practices that every person and every accommodation can implement!
Switzerland Travel Tips
Already planning your next trip after the summer is over and unsure where to go? Let us take you to Switzerland with its wildlife and high mountains.
Sustainable Transportation Methods
At bookdifferent.com we want to facilitate you with the right tools that will give you the right information and platform to book the most sustainable accommodations for your upcoming trips.
Tips for a Sustainable Springtime
Aaaahhh it’s that time of year again when flowers are blossoming, trees are brighter than ever, and our skins are getting kissed ever so gently again by the sun… springtime!
The World’s Top 10 Sustainable Destinations: ITB Berlin Unveiling
Sustainable destinations as a way to fight over-tourism
Creating a sustainable destination has been the new step lately for some countries to increase revenue and visibility out of great touristic demand.
5 considerations to celebrate carnival sustainably
Carnival is that time of year when everyone comes together to celebrate the diversity of cultures, exhilarating festivities and activities that are held within various cities across the globe.
Sustainable accommodations in South of Portugal
Do you already know South of Portugal? We really fell in love with this beautiful Atlantic country.
An eco-trip to the top end of Australia’s Northern Territory
In Australia’s Northern Territory, the aboriginal population has a strong connection with land and traditions. It is essential to respect the local rules to have the experience we dreamed of.
5 ways to celebrate a sustainable valentine’s day
That special day of the year when lovers get together to celebrate their love is here.
2019 travel resolutions by bookdifferent.com
We wish you a happy 2019 with our tips for more fun and positive impact while traveling. Read this blog and get inspired.
4 sustainable winter destinations in Europe
When winter comes, we start dreaming about skiing down the crispy fresh slopes. We at bookdifferent.com off course look for the most sustainable options.
The 5 best winter hiking spots!
There’s nothing like soaking yourself in fresh air on a gorgeous hike. Hiking is the best way to travel, completely CO2 neutral! Hiking frees your mind and activates energy in your body, let’s go now!
Is travel our right? – the concept of right & when it’s just wrong
Is travelling our right, right? It is an interesting question which keeps our minds at bookdifferent quite busy.
3 amazing green cities!
We are always in the search for the latest news about cities that take the lead in improving on their sustainability strategy and performance and the good news is the number of cities that improve on this is growing rapidly.
5 stunning parks in London, UK!
London, a city for everyone to love and the place to be! Do you know that London has amazing hidden parks and secret gardens?
The best nightclubs in Tel Aviv, Israël!
Do you fancy a good night out? visit Tell Aviv! This city is nicknamed as the “Big Orange” thanks to its 24-hour lifestyle reminiscent of the Big Apple (New York).
The 5 best Halloween parties in the world!
Almost Halloween! Time to get spooky, do trick or treat or party all night long with Dracula or the wicked witch! We have selected the 5 best Halloween parties in the world for you to celebrate!
5 best family cities in the USA!
For every age a favourite thing to do during your city trip with your family. Many big cities host the coolest museums fitted for the younger ones, creepy castles to visit and much more!
Tips for community based travel!
Community based tourism is becoming popular and a great way to visit these remote communities, but it should have a positive impact, not a negative one. We have some tips for you to make sure you have a positive impact!
The worlds’ first dome hotel EcoCamp Patagonia, Chile!
Located in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park is the worlds’ first dome hotel, EcoCamp Patagonia, modelled like the ancient shelters of the region’s Kaweskar people.
The paradise for naturalists; the Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim, India!
All the way in the Himalayan mountains you can find this amazing sustainable national park which is also an UNENSCO World Heritage Site. The park is a top 100 sustainable destination by our partner Green Destinations!
Water from the mountains; Madi a Thavha, South Africa!
Madi a Thavha “water from the mountains”, is set in a beautiful and quiet valley of the Soutpansberg Mountains of northern Limpopo in South Africa. Madi a Thava is eco-certified by the FFT, which means they are sustainable!
Eco-friendly accommodation the Puri Dajuma Beach Eco-Resort & Spa, Bali!
We love to go on adventure, and this time we would like to take you to the West Bali National Park. The Puri Dajuma Beach Eco-Resort & Spa is loved for its beautiful but secluded location in the coastal town of Pekutatan in West Bali.
The 3 best countries when you’re vegetarian!
We don’t have to tell you that eating meat is not the best thing to eat if you are concerned about the planet, but it’s not always easy to not eat meat. Luckily there are more than enough alternatives nowadays, but what if you are on holiday? We have selected 3 great countries to travel to when you want to eat vegetarian!
Sustainable West Bali National Park, Bali!
Walk around in a wonderful world full of strange and rare fauna and flora at Plataran L’Harmonie, West Bali National Park. This little paradise is a green top 100 destination by our partner Green Destinations!
Sustainable the Pillar and Post Inn and Spa, Canada
The Pillar and Post Inn & Spa is one of our accommodations certified by Green Key Global. This Tuscany style fine-dining restaurant with an option to dine on a poolside patio under the stars and their 13,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor spa define this luxuries hotel.
Sustainable accommodation Puerto Bemberg Lodge, Argentina!
Nothing can top waking up in the middle of the jungle: stirred by squawking parakeets, you open the shutters to find the sun burning through the dawn mist. Butterflies flit among the flowers, hummingbirds hover nearby, and the scent of dew-covered foliage and rich red earth is in the air. This is the paradise of the Puerto Bemberg Lodge.
Two Romantic getaways
Going on a holiday with your love is a great way to discover each other, and an amazing way to discover the world! Show the love!
Sustainable destination Lake Holon, Philippines
Tucked away at 1,756 meters above sea level, deep in the hinterland of South Cotabato, you will find an amazing hidden destination full of magical and enchanting nature.
The 3 best accommodations to go off the grid!
Living in the digital century can be hard and exhausting. It’s time to go and refresh yourself, without any digital connection! Go off the grid and become zennnn again.
Sustainable destination Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Picture yourself hiking through a vast landscape of lush fjords, volcanic peaks, impressive sea cliffs, waterfalls, beautiful golden beaches and a sparkling ice cap… An absolute dream for the adventurous traveler!
The stunning Mandarin Oriental Milan, Italy!
Yes, city trips! As the summer is almost over we are preparing to travel to stunning cities and take a short break. Especially for this we have a new category, the urban jungle!
Eco-certified The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, Hobart, Australia!
We all are fond of ecolabels. Today we want to tell you some more about EarthCheck and this amazing hotel; the Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel in Hobart, Australia!
Ecofriendly accommodation the MiM Hotel, Sitges, Spain
Have we convinced you to travel to the beautiful surroundings of Barcelona? It’s important to realize there are other, better places to go to when wanting to visit big (overcrowded) cities! We introduced the Costa Barcelona to you and hope you are inspired to travel to this amazing area instead of the city itself. To inspire you even more we have selected a fabulous ecofriendly hotel in Sitges!
Discover the hidden secrets of Mexico!
Mexico, what a country! With steaming jungles, snowcapped volcanoes, cactus-strewn deserts and 10,000km of coast strung with sandy beaches and wildlife-rich lagoons, Mexico is an endless adventure for the senses and a place where life is lived largely in the open air.
Sustainable destination Costa Barcelona!
We love it, Barcelona! But as the city is overcrowded, the wise decision is to travel somewhere else. We have discovered the stunning surroundings of Barcelona; Costa Barcelona!
Sustainable Watermark Beach Resort, in Osoyoos, Canada
Yesyesyes, it’s time again to talk about our favorite subject, our ecolabel partners and their fantastic accommodations! Today we love to talk with you about our esteemed partner Green Key Global!
Sustainable Design Hotel Maastricht, Netherlands
We’re fond of South Limburg and we love Maastricht. That’s why we would like to introduce you to the Designhotel Maastricht.
Stunning hiking routes across the world!
There are many ways to discover the world, by car, airplane, train, bike, foot and whatever else you can imagine! Off course, travelling by car or plane sounds easy because that are the beaten tracks.
Sustainable destination South Limburg, Netherlands
We would love to introduce you to a shining pearl in the South of the Netherlands, South Limburg and Maastricht! South Limburg is a top 100 sustainable destination by our esteemed partner Green Destinations.
The Jurys Inns in Belfast, North Ireland, the city the Titanic has been built
Stunning car-free cities around the world!
The medieval streets of Fes-al-Bali, Morocco is the largest car-free urban area in the world, most people get around by foot, donkey, or cart traffic
Eel lovers pay attention! Go to Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland
Lough Neagh is one of the greatest natural lake and wetland with very unique species and habitats worth visiting
bookdifferent’s category: tutti familia!
Looking for something that the whole family will love? How about a magical place to venture into the unknown?
Tilos, the first island to run on sun and wind energy!
Solar panels, a windmill and a plant that converts and bundles all generated energy. Tilos is ready to become the first island in the Mediterranean that mainly runs on sun and wind energy.
3 eco-friendly destinations over the world!
Yes, it’s travel time (but when is it not?)! Traveling may be fun, but travelers often damage the environment consciously or unconsciously. We have selected some new eco-friendly destinations especially for you, because we can’t get enough of it!
Eco- friendly Riad Le Rihani in Marrakech, Morocco!
The luxury of a Palace, the warmth of a familyhome, simplicity under the stars, welcome at the Riad Le Rihani!
Sustainable destination the Loisaba Conservancy, Kenya
Be amazed by one of the most breathtaking places on earth; welcome to the sustainable destination the Loisaba Conservancy!
The most be beautiful town in the Levante coast, Altea, Spain!
We want to introduce you to one of the most be beautiful town in the Levante coast, Altea, Spain!
Partner-news: the Travel Foundation Annual Review 2017
Our partners are incredibly important to us and we love to keep you up-to-date about their effort towards a sustainable world!
bookdifferent.com’s category: bleisure!
Want to get the most out of your business trip? Then don’t just choose a hotel that gives back, but one that’s a little bit special and will allow you to feel truly at ease during your free hours.
Must have travel apps to go off the grid!
Most of us love our handy apps when travelling, and we understand that! Having a phone nowadays gives you great opportunities to explore the depths of nature!
Sustainable destination Jordan; Sharhabil Bin Hassneh Ecopark
Tucked away in the hills about 90km from Amman, the Sharhabil Bin Hassneh Ecopark offers a rare opportunity to explore the exciting valley landscape through walks, bike rides and nature tourism.
Sustainable city Capetown South Africa
Sustainable City Capetown, South Africa, a bustling city with a lot of efforts for a more sustainable future
Surprising and sustainable Lima in Peru has it all!
Peru’s capital and coastal city often gets overshadowed by the popular tourist destinations of Cusco and Machu Picchu. However, as an interesting, modern, and sustainable city, Lima should absolutely be included on every Peru itinerary.
A new kid in town: Rhodes’ Melenos Lindos hotel achieves first GSTC eco-label certificate
Melenos Lindos Exclusive Suites is a luxury boutique hotel in the village of Lindos on the Greek island of Rhodes.
Eco Hotels – What is an ecolabel and does it matter?
Everywhere in the world, eco hotels are springing up at a fast pace, but how do you know which ones are really sustainable and which ones just say they are green?
CO² emissions; what about it?
We love travel but we know the carbon footprint is immense