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Environmentally and socially responsible travel is becoming increasingly important in society. And indeed, a new global travel luxury has been developed that combines exclusivity, special nature experiences, education and eco-responsibility.
Even Mallorca, the symbol of cheap and package tourism, has long since recognized the signs of the times and, with appropriate measures, endeavors to establish the island as an increasingly exclusive destination. By the way: futurologist Eike Wenzel has already said that in this interview.
Green organizer with updraft
The forum anders reisen eV. is an association of some 130 organizers who are committed to sustainable tourism. And it reports:
With 11% average turnoverplus, the green organizers were clearly above the average of the rest of the industry. According to an analysis published by the tourism specialist magazine fvw published in December, 2010 is only 10% for organizers of comparable size (<1,2 million euro).
Hiking as a traveling companion
The desire for social compatibility and sustainability, however, entails even more trends: more and more people want to experience country, people and nature directly - for example on foot. And to find yourself. TV comedian Harpe Kerkeling has done it.
Wanderlustige today can choose from a wide range of hiking and nature tours with more or less spiritual content: From the pilgrimage trip to Assisi about the Hermitage on time in Sinai to participation in spiritual rituals of the Hopi Indians.
Get to know the country and its people
The EcoCamp in Patagonia, Chile, rekindles the nomadic tradition of the indigenous peoples: the focus is on daily excursions that introduce to the customs, diets etc. of the nomads.
The Navajo Indians in the US offer numerous tours to special destinations, such as the 300 meter high monoliths or the former cave dwellings of the Anasazi Indians.
Regional customs and customs
But there is also a number more tranquil: close to Forcalquier in the French Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the Priory of Salagon and its gardens invite you to relax with around 2000 plant species. The complex now houses the Ethnobotanical Museum of the High Provency.
His goal is to reconstruct and preserve the historical flora of the region. The garden of fragrances, for example, attracts with all kinds of flavors and a tour of the medieval garden demonstrates how our flora looked before the discovery of America. A special feature is the garden with plants of high Provence: To create it, they took advantage of the knowledge of the local population (see photo).
Working instead of lounging
But would you prefer to be active? There are also travel deals that are a mix of volunteer and leisure activities. Such trips are no longer offered only by dedicated NGOs and NPOs, but also by commercially operating travel providers, such as the English tour operator i-to-i or the major supplier TUI.
The Verein Freiwillige Arbeitsseinsätze in Südtirol arranges volunteer helpers for South Tyrolean mountain farmers who have fallen into need. The missions are agreed individually. Minimum duration: one week. Except the arrival no costs.
Wine, woman and song?
Harvest workers in viticulture are almost a tradition. In any case, tourism providers throughout Germany are beginning to create extensive packages to tackle the drudgery in the vineyard.
In Wingert Saale-Unstrut in eastern Germany, the wineWellnessWeekend in the Tuscany spa in Bad Sulza. The next day the harvest starts after a champagne breakfast. The bathhouse Bad Bibra finally rewards the weekend wine growers with a massage.
The holistic organic journey
If that's too eventful for you then: Demeter Travel also offers a lump-sum organic holiday. As a rule, a Demeter cook, who not only cooks biodynamically, but also gives food and cooking tips to the participants, usually comes with them on their travels.
In addition, an ecologically guided farm is visited on every trip. The accommodations are of course family-run, the groups limited to a maximum of 20 participants.
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