- 5 easy Tipps for less trash in our environment
Our world is choking in garbage, coral reefs are dying, the air is more polluted than ever – sad but true. Still, the message is: Don’t despair. Now it’s time to take action. Do something for yourself, your children and your environment. That doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything anymore. On the contrary: the environment can be protected and saved all over the world. Something can be done everywhere. In the following blog article, we have compiled some tips on how you can contribute to a cleaner environment both at home and while traveling!
- Sustainable accomodations in Germany for your happy stay
Travelling through Germany has become popular at the latest since the corona pandemic. You don’t necessarily have to travel 2,000 kilometres for fairytale landscapes, city feeling or salty sea air – because Germany has all that to offer. If you’re looking for sustainable accommodation, check out our suggestions. The great thing about booking one of these accommodations is that in addition to a super cool stay, you’ll also be helping to finance a social and/or ecological project – what more could you ask for!?
- Traveling through Europe: Exclusive tipps from the team
Your next trip is coming up and you definitely want to find THE hidden spot, THE insider tip or THE café? Something that is maybe not so crowded by tourists and is on the first page of every travel guide? Who doesn’t want that – our team of socialbnb is a fan of insider tips as well! That’s why we’ve put together a few recommendations for you with locations from European countries that we think you’ll definitely like. Bordeaux, France We were particularly taken with the old town in Bordeaux, which is lined with beautiful, old, but well-preserved buildings. There’s so much to discover that you’re bound to drink a coffee at some point. The Alchemist Coffee Shop near Place Gambetta is a great place to go. A small but very cool shop in a small alley – we only found it on the recommendation of a Frenchman. Directly across the street, the café gets delicious sweet dishes from a chocolatier with fancy confections (also highly recommended!). And if you walk around the corner, you’ll find a small patisserie that makes Dunes Blanches – a specialty of Arcachon Bay and a must-eat for anyone who loves sweet pastries as much as we do! Komani Lake, Albania In the north of Albania, surrounded by an idyllic mountain landscape, lies the 34 kilometer long Komani Lake. Elena from our team was there and took a boat trip across the lake – and you should do the same when you are there! The lake is located in the middle of the Albanian Alps, so from the water you have a breathtaking view of the strongly craggy, towering rock faces with lush green vegetation. The fjord-like landscape is truly spectacular. You can take the ferry across the lake – it runs three times a day between Koman and Fierzë. One way takes about three hours, which means you have plenty of time to observe the landscape. Drinks and food are also offered below deck, and music is also provided. If you are traveling without a car, you can also take the Boat Dragobia. You can take a bicycle with you. Florence, Italy No vacation in Italy without pizza, right? But then finding the right one can be a bit of a challenge. Especially in Florence, the city of the Renaissance, Medici and the world-famous cathedral, a city that is visited by millions of tourists every year (and rightly so!), you will probably get a pizza at every little corner. But Jule from our team managed to find the best one and recommends Gustapizza – especially the burrata pizza with pistachios! If you’re still in the mood for an ice cream afterwards, you should visit Gelateria la Carraia. For an enchanting view of the city, head to Caffé del Verone. The rooftop café is located on the Museo degli Innocenti. From here you have a unique view of the cathedral and the whole surrounding area. Turku, Finland During her bike tour through Scandinavia, Melina discovered a small beach in Turku that she can highly recommend for your trip to Finland. The Ispoisten Uimaranta is located on a river that leads directly into the sea. You can go for a wonderful swim and jump into the cold water from a small jetty, sunbathe in the sand or on the meadows further up or enjoy your vacation in the shade under the trees further to the right. In the evening, the setting sun reflects beautifully on the water – and you can even pitch your tent there in the sand or – like Melina – simply spend the night under the open sky and look at the stars! Algarve, Portugal For the perfect summer vacation, of course, the perfect beaches shall not be missing. There are certainly plenty of them in Portugal, but Praia de Carveiro and Praia dos Caneiros in the Algarve are particularly beautiful ones. While you’re lying in the warm sand, you have a beautiful view of picturesque rocks lying in the water in front of you. Behind you, steep cliffs rise up, framing the bay along with small houses on top. When the tide is low, you can also pass some rocks and reach another small bay at the beach – but keep an eye on the water, because at high tide you can’t go back. And with a bit of luck, you might even see some dolphins from the beach – like our team member did – who are showing off their jumping skills not too far away! If you feel like some action, the nearest surf spots are not far from here. Sagres, for example, is only about 45 minutes away from Carveiro on the west coast of Portugal and offers the best waves for beginners and surf pros alike. Here you will also find surf schools and stores where you can rent boards and wetsuits. You will also be well provided with accommodation here – check out the Lighthouse Hostel, for example! Hvammstangi, Island At the beginning of September, the sheep drive starts here. Everyone, whether big or small, can lend a hand. If you feel like a bit of wellness afterwards, you can relax perfectly in a hot tub right by the sea, and maybe even watch some northern lights. There are a lot of good aurora forecasts on the internet, for example here. Triglav National Parc, Slowenia Definitely worth a visit is Slovenia’s only national park, the Triglav National Park. With its beautiful green alpine valleys, mountain giants, crystal clear lakes and diverse flora and fauna, it captivates almost every visitor. Laura from our team was there; she especially liked the Soča Valley. It is located in the northwest of Slovenia. Here, enthusiastic mountaineers, hikers, mountain bikers, nature lovers, recreation seekers and water sports enthusiasts all get their money’s worth. The upper part of the valley is dominated by the majestic peaks of the Julian Alps, while the lower part, in the direction of the Italian border, is dotted with gentle hills and invites you to take a relaxing bike ride or hike. Not far from the national park you can stay in this socialbnb in the small town of Idrija. This is an easy way to immerse yourself in Slovenian culture and meet cool people. The hostel promotes and trains young people, who gain various skills for decision-making processes and event design, thus enriching the city. With your booking you finance the development of young adults in a simple way – what more could you ask for! If we have awakened your wanderlust now, but you don’t have a specific destination in mind yet, just visit our website and book your accommodation there directly!
- socialbnb quality criteria – positive impact for all
socialbnb creates with its sustainable tourism concept an alternative financing option for social and ecological projects in order to create a long-term, positive impact for all parties involved. To achieve this goal, we check in a selection process to what extent the work of a particular project really benefits the local region and whether it makes sense to use the socialbnb concept locally.
- Digital Detox – your vacation full of mindfullness
4 hours and 37 minutes– …that’s not the time I spend with friends, working, playing sports, or doing household chores. This is the time I spend on my phone most of the day. Sometimes it works out with less time, thanks to time locks for some apps. One day I also went completely cell phone free. 24 hours without a cell phone -yay-, but still a real challenge, you feel kind of empty and bored. These withdrawal symptoms speak for themselves. On my last trip, to the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes, the Wi-Fi did not work. My travel companion immediately got in a bad mood and was annoyed with the hotel. I said that we would have a nice vacation anyway – just now a Digital Detox one. It was a bit unusual not to be able to quickly check the weather tomorrow or to use Google Maps to select a restaurant. In the morning not to look directly at the cell phone and in the evening not the last look before falling asleep – at first it took some getting used to, but after a while it was really relaxing. I realized that I don’t really need most of the “news”. What exactly is Digital Detox? Literally translated Digital Detox means taking time out from digital media. In the meantime, you put your smartphone or laptop aside or give up your streaming services. You consciously withdraw from constant accessibility and constant networking and focus on your life in the here and now. You are much more aware of your ‘real life’, your environment and your fellow human beings. Digital Detox on the road I had a different travel experience without internet than with. I was more open to the environment because I wasn’t looking at my phone all the time. You see the surroundings, observe animals and people. You hear the sounds and voices. You are really there and not in a virtual illusory world. I still took my cell phone with me for pictures, but I took fewer and more deliberate photos. Only a few photos of great motifs that I want to print out and stick in my photo album – very oldschool. Especially when you’re on vacation, your main goal is to leave the stress of everyday life behind, to forget about work or to completely switch off. In return, you might also want to discover a new destination you’re not familiar with, enjoy the scenery and local food, or get to know new cultures. Isn’t all this much better if you don’t have your phone with you all the time? Of course, you have to change some habits and, like Ina, get used to certain situations in which you normally pull out your cell phone. But there are countless good reasons to take the plunge – you can decide for yourself how long you want to go through your digital detox. Maybe you’ll try that on your next trip, too. It doesn’t have to be the whole trip and the entire smartphone, one day without Internet is enough for the beginning. Tipps for your own Digital-Detox-Trip Travel Guide instead of Google Maps. You can find these little books in any bookstore or at the ADAC. You’ll find lots of useful and exciting information about your destination that you might not have found on Maps. And the best thing about it: Offline travel guides don’t need an LTE network! If you don’t feel like buying a new guidebook, there’s also the option of asking locals – they usually know the most about their place of residence anyway. If you book an accommodation on socialbnb, for example, the contact to locals is automatically established and you can easily get individual tips for your destination. Camera instead of Smartphone. Of course you can, as Ina did, simply use your cell phone camera consciously and turn off the Internet to be offline. But if you want to go on a real, 100% digital detox vacation, take a small digital camera or a disposable camera with you. First of all, they don’t have unlimited memory, so you’ll be shooting your photos much more selectively, and somehow it’s a bit of nostalgia, right? And in the end, you can create a photo album and reminisce for years to come. Postcards instead of Insta-Stories. If you want to share with your family and friends from your vacation, you probably usually do some Instagram stories, post something on Facebook or send some photos via Whatsapp. But how about some postcards again? It doesn’t have to be the classic four pictures on a card – in many towns there are also small stores with cards in Polaroid format. Or you can print out a few of your self-shot photos while you’re still on vacation and send them as your own postcards – it doesn’t get much more personal than that! If you’re interested in the topic, be sure to read this blog post – on this bike ride, internet was a rarity too!
- Traveling with socialbnb – a Guide for travelers
Creating sustainable added value with a trip – sounds great, doesn’t it? With an overnight stay in a socialbnb, that’s exactly what becomes possible. However, for our goal of creating sustainable tourism that benefits everyone, the behavior of travelers is also important. Since the socialbnb concept is still quite new, some things have to be taken into account so that the stay creates added value for all involved.
- 6 Tips for your next biking trip
Going on vacation with your bike could turn out to be the best holidays you’ve ever had- if you have some tips and tricks on your mind. Read through these travel experiences to learn about it!
- TRAVEL EXPERIENCE: SRI LANKA AND THEIR TUK-TUKS
The tuk-tuks and us, three weeks in Sri Lanka. Do you know this fascinating sight when thousands of people cross an intersection? We were right in the middle of it with our own tuk-tuk.
- LIKE A LOCAL: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Local experience from one of our team members who was in Barcelona a few weeks ago- learn about the Covid-19 situation, some nice restaurant insider tips and so on…
- FARMSTAY IN CALENZO, ITALY DURING OLIVE HARVEST
I follow the street that goes from a small suburb of Florence into a hilly scenery. It is late and i can only divine the shapes of the high mountains on the horizon. After another turn in the road an avenue with cypresses several metres high opens up. Hello Tuscany – you already feel so good! The endless cypresses string together along the strait driveway and lead me to a gate.
- 5 TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH A BOAT
Traveling with a boat really differs from backpacking or Van-Life. We already experienced this with different boats and would like to share a few tips with you, so that you can enjoy your own vacation even more. Because on the boat you’ll be faced with enough other challenges!
- TRAVEL NEW ZEALAND: IN TIMES OF CORONA
Travelling in times of Corona is difficult. On the one hand bad for your own vacation planning, on the other hand good for the environment. The exotic wanderlust dreams seem even more distant than before. But the danger of a corona infection is very close, not to mention the restrictions in public life and the sometimes dramatic health situation in some regions of the world.
- TRAVEL EXPERIENCE: PANG NA, CAMBODIA
Have you ever decided to spend one and a half hours in an auto rickshaw? A Tuk-Tuk is a good option to get around in Southeast-Asian cities. When Mr Thy picked me up I didn’t know what I got myself into. It was dusty, bumpy and scenic. The moment I saw the rice fields and the small children running around, waving at me, I knew it was worth the ride.
- TRAVEL EXPERIENCE: AREQUIPA, PERU
In this Blogpost Constantin will tell you something about his travel experience to Peru and his experiences of staying in one of our homestays in Arequipa.