Like a Local

  • schickSAAL* Lübeck – way more than just a hostel
    In the middle of Lübeck’s mini-neighborhood you’ll find the schickSAAL*, a collectively run, queer-feminist and anarchist project. In addition to the hostel, it also includes an event venue, a pub and a café. In schickSAAL a creative and lively place for life-enriching encounters is to emerge. Spaces and offers will be designed in the sense of a ‘politicized aestheticism’.
  • Your stay in Nairobi: 5 great insider tips
    Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is also known as the “City of the Sun”. More than 4 million people live in the vibrant capital, offers culture enthusiasts, animal fans and adventurers so much. The special thing about the city: almost nowhere else is the wilderness as close to the city as it is here. The Nairobi National Park lies virtually at the gates of the city and is the world’s only open game reserve on city territory. Despite this, Nairobi is very modern and continues to grow. Immigrants and travelers from all over the world are drawn to the second largest city in East Africa. Since gaining independence, Nairobi has become Kenya’s most important industrial and commercial center.
  • Our top 5 accommodations in Southeast Asia for you
    Breathtaking landscapes, new cultures, unknown food, temples, metropolises… The largest continent on earth has all this and much more to offer. Especially Southeast Asia has become a super popular travel destination in recent years – especially for backpackers. In the following, we have compiled our top 5 accommodations in the classic Southeast Asia backpacking round trip countries. Here you will find countless other accommodations that are not only really cool, but also contribute socially or ecologically.. The Life Development Center in Thailand Your trip starts in Thailand and you want to stay authentic and with locals? Then head to Chiang Mai, because this is where the Life Development Center is located. The non-profit organization has an organic farm and various centers to develop and educate people. You can choose between a single or shared room, which are located in small wooden huts in the middle of the greenery. Your food is completely included and comes from the farm itself, which you can also have shown to you. Your hosts also offer guided tours of the city for you, as well as transportation to various temples, hot springs or waterfalls nearby. You will definitely get in touch with the locals and get to know life in Thailand from a completely different perspective. In addition, your overnight stay contributes to the support of local communities; because that is the goal of the Life Development Center. XonPhao  in Laos Continue to Laos, the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia. In Vietinane, the capital of Laos, you will find your accommodation. You can rent a single room, but double and shared rooms are also available. Breakfast is included and for a small extra charge you can also get lunch and dinner from the accommodation. If you feel like it, you can join the yoga or jogging sessions in the morning. Your hosts also offer you to learn more about the local cuisine and go fishing and prepare meals together with them. You can’t get any closer to the life of the locals, can you? With your overnight stay there, you finance a project which is concerned with improving the quality of life of people with disabilities. There is a training center and workplaces to teach disabled people practical life skills so that they can earn their own living in the long run. In addition, the organization acts as a network to empower people with disabilities and inform them of their rights. Pepy Empowering Youth in Cambodia Next stop: Siem Reap. In the middle of the capital of Cambodia is the organization that works for a stronger and more educated youth in their own province. And lucky for you, there’s a place to stay there – at a great price and perfectly connected. From there, you can be in one of the food markets, cafes, or out in nature in no time. You can also rent a bike and explore the temples and lakes nearby – or just sit with the locals and have fun. Young people from lower social classes and without much financial means are given the chance to be prepared for a better future academically, technically and with professional training. Because the employees often come from similar backgrounds themselves, the young people accept the help much better and faster. They are more motivated to further their own education and perhaps go to university, so that they can then realize their dreams in the long term. And all of this is further encouraged by your overnight stay there, so that the project can support itself financially in the long term. Nhà Yên in Vietnam Close to the coast, you can rent a room from $13 per night at this accommodation near the coastal town of Hoi An. The authentic rooms have a wooden look and are perfect if you want to recover from a day in the city and the markets or on the beach. From there, you can quickly reach various towns and villages where bamboo mats are woven or rice paper or ceramics are made. Your overnight stay there finances an organization that gives people the opportunity to read and exchange books. In addition, painting, craft and recycling courses are offered there. The goal is to create space for people to learn together and from each other, and to create things without media and digitality. In addition to these activities, the organization’s employees offer “Village Cleanings” to rid the environment of the ever-increasing amount of plastic. Astungkara Way in Indonesia Before heading back home, we make a detour to Indonesia. The natural paradise with its beautiful white beaches, volcanoes and a great diversity of species and different religions and peoples is definitely worth a trip. In Denpasar, a city in the south of the island of Bali is your great accommodation. There you will stay in wooden and bamboo huts, built on the edge of rice fields and a large vegetable garden. Each house has two floors with its own balcony, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. Your overnight stay there funds agricultural entrepreneurship scholarships for young Balinese. In addition, the project is currently setting up a market for high quality farmed and cultivated rice and sharing revenue from regenerative tourism with local farmers. The goal of all these approaches is a more sustainable and regenerative agriculture in Bali. If you are now on fire for a trip to Southeast Asia, that’s completely normal – we have wanderlust as well! If you make cool experiences during your trip and in the socialbnb’s on site, you are welcome to write a small travelogue – it will be published here on the blog if you want. We are also always happy to receive your travel photos which we can share with our community on Instagram! Here you can find a few suggestions with our cheapest socialbnb’s – if your wallet is small, but you still want to travel sustainable and with an impact.
  • Our 5 greatest secret tipps for a trip to Augsburg
    Every one of us knows Augsburg – at least by name – at least since the Augsburger Puppenkiste. But far too few are aware that Bavaria’s third-largest city has much more to offer than that. There is probably the most important sight of the city, the Fuggerei. The oldest social settlement in the world was built at the time by Jakob Fugger for the needy. The Fugger family brought the Italian Renaissance to Augsburg. But there are countless other things you can experience in Augsburg that aren’t necessarily on every list of touristy places to check out. We have put together five tips for you here.
  • 8000 km, four bikes and one purpose – Bicionarios
    Bicionarios seeks to strengthen their proposals, promote their continuity and support experiences that emerge at the grassroots level, leveraging local capacity for the development of their communities. We asked Serjio for an interview and got a few interesting answers about Bicionarios. Scroll through to learn more!
  • Realtalk: Sustainable travel – with Mona and Alex
    Sustainability is on everyone’s lips and cannot be mentioned often enough. There are always things that can be designed and lived even more sustainably. Of course not only at home, but also on the road and while you travel. We asked ourselves what Mona and Alex from betterworldtravellers think about the topic and how they try to implement sustainable travel. The two have given up everything in Germany in September 2020 and now want to travel around the world in their camper Van for the next 10 years. They are living the ecotourism – but see for yourself!
  • 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!?
    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.
    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…
    Your trip to Cambodia is coming soon? Are you finished planning? If you don’t belong to the type of really spontaneous travellers, you probably have thought about what you wanna see in Cambodia. We want to support your planning and give you some hints, what could be interesting for your next adventure!