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    My responsible travel bucket list for 2018

    It´s this point in a year where all the planning starts for the year ahead. In this context, I, of course, always look at places, which I would like to visit this year. A travel bucket list for 2018 Here I always give myself the following parameters: Each year I would like to visit at least a) one new city or area in Germany, b) one new country in Europe, and c) one new country outside Europe. A new city or area in Germany As a new City in Germany I am planning to visit Bonn this year. Yet what is responsible about visiting Bonn? Bonn used to be the…

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    Munichs best Christmas Markets – Part Two: Pink Christmas

    After introducing you to the most traditional annual Christmas Market in Munich last week I now want to tell you about one of the newest Christmas Markets. Pink Christmas The small annual thematic Christmas Market I would like to introduce you to, is Pink Christmas. It is the official LGBT Christmas Market and decoration-wise held in guess what colour? Pink! I visited it for the first time this year and immediately fell in love with it. Besides also some traditional sales booths there are some with absolute curiosities you would never see at any other Christmas Market. A cup with a cause My most favourite part about it were the…

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    Munich´s best Christmas Markets – Part One: Christkindlmarkt am Marienplatz

    It´s Chrismas time and I do not only “smell snow”, but also a whole lot of Glühwein (mulled wine). Munich has a notorious number of Christmas Markets, from traditional to innovative, but some are also just plain lame. This is why I will share with you two of my most favourite annual Christmas Markets from now on every year. Since I had the pleasure to be invited to a wonderful bloggerwalk organised by the city of Munich and muenchen.de I will start with Munich’s oldest Christmas Market: The Christkindlmarkt am Marienplatz The Christkindlmarkt on the square in front of the new city hall in Munich is the cities oldest Christmas…

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    Responsible travel vs. sustainable tourism

    Being an advocate for sustainability in all matters including tourism, but writing about “responsible travel”, people often ask me about the difference of responsible travel vs. sustainable tourism. Is there actually one? Yes, there is! In a nutshell, one can say that sustainable tourism focuses on a long-term change in tourism practices tackling a long list on possible impacts whereas responsible travel focuses on short-term actions every one of us can take every day to have less of a negative impact on a given destination and increase positive ones. Responsible travel vs. sustainable tourism Both Sustainable tourism and responsible travel rely on a three-pillared approach to sustainability, considering economical, sociocultural…

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    What China taught me about facebook

    Everyone knows that China´s government is especially tough in filtering the content it´s population is to be able to access. It was hence forth no surprise to find facebook (besides google, twitter and wordpress to mention just a few) blocked while exploring this wonderful country (see here which sites are blocked in China). What I did not suspect, however, was the effect it had on me. A trip without facebook I missed the usage of this all-too-famous social network in order to stay in touch with my friends and family and share my experiences with them while I was having them. I really felt that was important, but is it…

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    Exhibition Review: Magic City – The Art of the Street

    The other day I went to the new exhibition in Munich called “Magic City – The Art of the Street” in Munich. I love street art and was very much excited. Unfortunately, with high expectations one often gets easily disappointed. The exhibition The thought the curator had before setting this exhibition up was to design it like a city, yet, rather than enhancing the experience it distorted it for me and my friend. It was disorienting and we did never know whether we maybe missed something going through the “streets” and around corners. With the entrance to the exhibition one got so-called “city guides” which were some kind of smart…

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    Is it responsible to travel to Israel? 

    Both history and present of the state Israel is complicated, often ambiguous, and, if you believe the general media, apparently only full of conflict. Due to the latter I got a lot of both fearful and critical comments when I decided to travel to Israel for the international travel blogger conference TBEX held in Jerusalem mid march. I got asked things like: How can you support a government enforcing such harsh settlement policies?  And: Aren’t you afraid to get hurt in the middle of these ongoing conflicts? I therefore asked myself: Is it responsible to travel to Israel? Safety concerns So to start, I would like to answer the question…

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    3 inspiring TED talks on sustainable tourism

    TED talks can be a source of inspiration and food for thought on a variety of topics. Below I gathered my three most favourite TED talks on sustainable tourism showing us the opportunities that sustainable tourism offers locally, internationally or globally. 1) For more tolerance, we need more…tourism? – Aziz Abu Sarah Aziz Abu Sarah managed with his project what is my dream. Bringing people together through tourism, reducing xenophobia through tourism. His speech for TED is absolutely inspiring and a must see for everyone interested in the power of tourism. 2) Meaningful value for tourists and locals alike – Somsak Boonkam One of the major shortcomings of tourism today…

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    Driving on the Great Ocean Road

    Whoever visits the vibrant city of Melbourne should plan a few extra days to visit the Great Ocean Road. This famous road hugs the incredibly beautiful Australian coastline since 1932 when it was constructed by soldiers returned from WWI and dedicated to their fallen brothers. Just rent a car, take at least 2 days, stuff your SO (or mates) in the car and off you are to a roadtrip that would put most roadtrips to shame. The most stunning roadtrip you’ll ever take Your GPS will take you from Melbourne to Geelong before the actual sight-seeing worthy stuff starts in Torquay, a rather famous surf beach . The Great Ocean…

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    Let´s do it: International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development

    The United Nations have declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development. What a statement, but what does it mean and how can we be part of it? How does tourism impact the economy? Tourism generates  about 10% of the global GDP and accounts for every eleventh job worldwide. One can therewith imagine the impact it has on the world and this is only economically, not taking it´s ecological and cultural impact into acount. Why an “International Year of Sutainable Tourism Development”? The aim of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development as delcared by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation is to promote tourism´s role in the…