Future tourism

  • Joining forces to turn travel into impact
    Planeterra helps local organizations and communities use tourism as a catalyst to improve people’s lives, protect their natural environments, and celebrate their culture. Put simply, it is a better kind of tourism – improving the lives of community members as they provide travellers with better experiences. Planeterra is more than just an agent of change and driver of communal well-being, they are tested and trusted builders of self-esteem and pride. Pride that we can all share as well as take pleasure in – from uplifting communities through tourism.
  • Rethinking travel – here are the coolest ideas
    Slow tourism and ecotourism, soft mobility, responsible travel… These are all terms that everyone has heard in the last few years. They all belong more or less to a new way of traveling – because tourism is changing. We no longer want mass tourism and all-inclusive vacations; we want to experience travel, learn about cultures, change the world and be more sustainable.
  • 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!
  • Ecotourism – really sustainable travel at all levels
    Discovering the world without harming it. Getting to know new cultures, but not exploiting the local population. Truly authentic travel. More and more people want exactly that on their travels. Terms like slow travel, soft tourism or ecotourism are booming and are on everyone’s lips. But what is ecotourism? We’ll give you a brief overview of this increasingly important form of travel, how and where you can implement it, and what exactly you’re causing with it.
  • 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!
  • Volunteering – why it’s not a part of socialbnb
    Booking a socialbnb means staying in an accommodation of a social or ecological project instead of a traditional hotel or hostel. During that stay you get a close encounter with the local people and get insights in the important work of the project. We often get the question: “Can I help? Can I also book a volunteering stay?” There are several reasons why we decided that this is not part of the socialbnb experience.
  • Can tourism be sustainable?
    Sustainability is on everyone’s lips. It has almost become a buzzword and marketing claim. So let’s take a closer look at the concept behind it: Although sustainability is often equated in our minds with being environmentally friendly, it’s actually about balancing three dimensions: Environmental, Social and Economic. 
  • Slow Travel – Deceleration while traveling
    A vacation away from the hustle and bustle, crowds and thousands of other tourists, stress and one sight after the next… Doesn’t that sound tempting? This is the essence of Slow Travel – the antithesis of mass tourism.
    Hiking is becoming more popular. People want to spend time in nature and switch off from everyday life at home. But how can hiking become more sustainable?
  • Zero waste – at home and on the road
    The name “Zero Waste” will certainly be familiar to most people. The concept of waste-saving living has become more and more widespread in recent years and is gaining more and more followers.
  • 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!
    While traveling, your transportation most definitely has the biggest impact on the environment. We understand that all our offered destinations can only be reached by plane for the most of you. This is why we would like to tell you how to keep your impact as low as possible during your journeys.
    An average german person brings out 457 kilogram waste per year; in america it’s even about 755 kilogram per person per year – wow, that is a lot! And it is actually pretty easy to reduce your own impact on this a little bit, by acting somewhat more sustainable and probably think twice before you buy something. Here are some tips for you on how you can reduce your amount of waste easily – espacially while traveling!
    Eco tourism basically consists of the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. It is not false to say that eco tourism belongs to sustainable traveling, this is just a part of it. If you travel sustainably, you also want to have a positive impact on the culture and economy of your travel destination in order to preserve them. You can easily achieve that, because this is by far not as hard as it sounds. Here are some leads that hopefully help you with it.