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Winter Holiday Destinations

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Winter Holiday Destinations

Winter Holiday Destinations: 20 ideas how to spend your winter time

The winter separates the minds: Some people look forward to snow, freezing cold and icy temperatures, while others think of nothing but sunny beaches, bathing suits, and balmy breezes at summer destinations. Luckily, the world offers enough opportunities so that everybody can find the right spot.

The question is: Do you want to go where many other are? Or are you looking for a holiday that is quite from what you have experienced before? Here are some suggestions for one  or the other.

5 proven winter holiday destinations with a frosty flair

Panaroma of Alpes in Austria, view from a wooden balcony
  • Skiing in Austria or in Switzerland
  • Cross-country skiing in southern Germany
  • Wellness holiday in the Black Forest
  • Short break and visit the famous Christkindel Market in Nuremberg
  • Christmas shopping in New York

5 proven winter holiday destinations with a summer feeling

Key west beach with palms and deck chairs on a windy, sunny day
  • Sunbathing in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia or Indonesia
  • Taking a break in southern Spain, e.g. Marbella, Málaga or in the Canary Islands
  • Wintering in Florida or Mexico
  • Vacationing on the beach in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, or Costa Rica
  • Going on a safari in South Africa or Kenya

5 ideas for unusual winter holiday destinations with special winter magic

Cross-country ski-tracks in Finland
  • Skiing in Bulgaria or Norway
  • Cross-country skiing in Finland
  • Winter hiking in the Saxon Switzerland
  • Planning a wellness holiday in the Czech Republic or at the North Sea / Baltic Sea
  • Enjyoing walks, sauna and evenings by the log fire in a Swiss chalet or cottage

5 ideas for unusual winter holiday destinations with a sense of a sunny summer feeling

Dome of The Rock in Jerusalem
  • Short trip to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
  • Cultural holidays in Morocco or Tunisia
  • Beach holiday on Cape Verde
  • Sailing in Senegal
  • Exploring Myanmar (former Burma)

There are countless possibilities for travel destinations in winter. If you’re flying into warm and sunny regions, then it would be great to think about the CO2 offset for a moment.
Aircrafts produce more CO2 than we are sometimes aware of. Here are some figures* as a guide for 1 person in economy class on a direct flight without a stopover.

  • Frankfurt – Tenerife: 1.191 kg CO2, i.e. at least 3 trees for compensation
  • Frankfurt – Bangkok, Thailand: 5.245 kg CO2, i.e. at least 9 trees for compensation
  • Frankfurt – Santo Domingo, Dom. Republic: 3,973 kg CO2, i.e. at least 6 trees for compensation
  • London – Bali: 7,680 kg CO2, i.e. at least 12 trees for compensation
  • London – Sydney (including a stop-over in Bangkok or Singapore): 10,473 kg of CO2, i.e. at least 15 trees for compensation
  • London – Cape Town: 5,848 kg of CO2, i.e. at least 9 trees for compensation

*Source: atmosfair emission calculator

So, what do you want to do next?

Hill with reforested trees in Dominican Republic

Your winter holiday booking helps afforest the hills in Dominican Republic

Just decide what you want to do next and choose your favorite booking partner. When you book with one of them, we will plant a tree on your behalf. 100% gratis.

Citytrips in spring: 5 insider tips for city trips in Europe

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Citytrips in spring: 5 insider tips for city trips in Europe

Best citytrips in Europe

London, Paris, Lisbon, Prague, Berlin or Rome – exciting capitals in Europe that attract millions of curious tourists each year. If you plan a city trip, you have endless possibilities and the agony of choice. You want to avoid the bustle of tourist strongholds? Then you will find here 5 city trip highlights of a special kind.

Top favorites for city trips in Europe

1.) Marseilles (France)

2.) Zurich (Switzerland)

3.) Cagliari (Italy)

4.) Valetta (Malta)

5.) Valencia (Spain)

Underrated Marseilles

  • Marseille has an impressive harbor. Incredibly beautiful.
  • From Marseille you can excellently drive out into the country and experience the wonderfully scented lavender fields. For the trip you need a rental car – with public transport it is unfortunately very complicated. The lavender blossom is best admired between early / mid-June to early / mid-August.
  • You can shop well and feel in all clothes all year round like a stylish-chic, beautiful French woman or man.
  • The city is lively, colorful and diverse. There is so much to see and to admire. Every corner of the city is a pleasure.

Glittering Zurich

  • Zurich is fascinating because the city is simply unique. The lake, the view of the Alps, the small streets, the pompous Bahnhofstrasse. Simply fantastic.
  • Zurich is a very lively city. In summer times you must visit a “Badi”. It’s mandatory. A “Badi” is a typical term for a bath, that is neither a standardized outdoor pool nor a swimming pool. It’S just a “Badi”. There are countless opportunities to swim in the lake or hop in the Limmat (river through Zurich), e.g. at the river bath called “Oberer Letten”, which is only a few minutes walk from the main train station.
  • Many restaurants and bars are furnished noble and glamorous. They invite you to linger no matter what time. Let your mind wander and enjoy the hustle and bustle. That’s it.
  • Shopping in Zurich is also good, but it can quickly become very expensive. Less fun but more costs is to drive too fast: every kilometer above the speed limit will cost you a lot of money.
  • So, if you’re coming by car, let your foot off the gas and passersby walk across the street. They like to appear completely from everywhere – and have priority in Switzerland.
    Alternative: The better and greener option is to take the train. The connections to Zurich are great!

Romance in Cagliari

  • Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia and is located in the south of the island. There is a small airport. The town reminds you a bit of Palme de Mallorca, but is far from being touristy. Narrow streets invite to architectural sightseeing on foot for a leisurely stroll e.g. to the cathedral of Cagliari from the 13th century. Here you will forget the time.
  • There are countless small, individual bars, pubs and restaurants. Each one looks different and yet they all have something in common: delicious, typically Italian food. Brilliant.
  • Cagliari has its own charm. The city is originally Italian and you have the feeling that life here is still the same as it was a few decades ago. Without Italian language skills it is a bit difficult to communicate – but talking with hands and feet is also possible. One understands oneself. Somehow. That’s alright.
  • Cagliari is the starting point for a breathtaking holiday in Sardines on the southeast coast, where the crystal-clear and turquoise waters glitter and invite you to take a refreshing bath. Perfect for a sailing trip!
  • If you like classical concerts or jazz, Cagliari is the place for you. Cagliari is a musical capital, perhaps not the largest in the Mediterranean, but certainly one of the most charming. In summer you can either admire concerts in the Arena Fiera or appearances in public places.

Original Valetta

  • Valletta was named Capital of Culture in 2018. In the city, different cultures come together and have a lot to tell historically.
  • Valetta captivates with its charm, because the city is so small. Many public gardens, small cafes and historic squares invite you to linger, from which one has a magnificent view of the harbor.
  • More and more tourists are bustling in the city, so everything is getting more and more expensive. Residents are worried that the unique flair will be lost over time. So better catch up and visit Valetta very soon!

Emerging Valencia

  • Valencia is a city that has great potential to develop splendidly over the next few years. It’s maybe comparable with Mallorca in the 1950s. 
  • In many places you can still see and feel the very original, traditional and very simple way of life of the Spaniards. On the other hand, Valencia offers incredibly impressive and completely unexpected aspects, such as: probably the longest meat, sausage and cheese counter in a department store worldwide, located right in the middle of the city. Since you can buy whole ham clubs for over 350 euros the piece that hang right in the department next to handbags and other women’s accessories. That’s pretty bizarre and funny. This surprising variety is fascinating.
  • The beach is big and spacious, like everything else in Valencia. The charm of the city by the sea lies in the fact that not everything is superimposed by foreign tourists, tourists and there are only a few souvenir shops on the beach. Much is very simple and countless shops on the promenade are empty. Even in the best location, land is still undeveloped. This is uncommon for beautiful cities and radiates a special attraction.
  • At the traffic light there are not only green and red traffic light men, but also traffic light girls wearing a skirt!
  • The once narrowest house in the world is in Valencia: 1.07 meters wide. Incomprehensible! You have to have seen that. That’s really bizarre.Obviously, there is now a house in Amsterdam, which is less than 1 meter wide. Um … you remember: normal room doors are usually 80-90 cm wide…

To be fair, of course, there are many other great cities in Europe that you should definitely visit once in your life. This certainly includes the major, well-known and popular destinations such as Rome, Venice, Paris, London, Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam etc. However, less known cities are also worth a visit, such as Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, Sofia, Budapest, Bucharest and many others. All in all, there is really a lot to do in Europe!

Where do you to go next?

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Carbon footprint

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Carbon footprint

Carbon footprint: Important things you should know

Do you care about our planet but love to travel as well? Then, it’s time to figure out how you can compensate your CO2 emission.

What is meant by carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint is the total amount of emission of greenhouse gas emitted by anything, a person, an organization, or even by any product. Green house gasses refer to any gasses that are in our atmosphere, supporting the global “green house effect”, global warming and climate change.

Carbon footprint is the parameter to measure the atmospheric impact of our all lifestyle. For a better understanding let’s have a look at an example from daily life. When you drive a car to go to work every day, you have a bigger carbon footprint as somebody who chooses to use public transportation only. 

Carbon footprint emission sources

The emission of CO2 is from both natural and human resources. Under the umbrella of natural resources, decomposition, respiration, and ocean release comes. As far as human resources are concerned, the CO2 comes from different aspects, such as burning of fuel and fossils like oil, coal and natural gas as well as large scale deforestation e.g. in the Amazonas. 

  • CO2 emitted by humans includes 87% emission from burning of fossil fuels. 9% comes from clearing forests and lands, whereas 4% CO2 emission is due to industrial manufacturing process. 
  • In 2017, CO2 emission from fossil fuels were almost equals to 76% as compared to total US anthropogenic GHG emission. There are three main types of fossil fuels that are used: coal, oil and natural gas. Coal is responsible for 43% of CO2 emission from fuel combustion. For every ton of coal burn emits approximately 2.5 tons of CO2, whereas oil us responsible of 36% production and natural gas contributes emission of 20%.
  • Transportation sector ranks as 2nd largest source of anthropogenic carbon print production. In 2010 transportation of goods and people around the world is responsible for the production of almost 22% CO2. The aviation sector is a major aspect. 

What’s our responsibility?

We all might be already awaare of the fact that the ongoing climate change will have fatal consequences for everybody living on the planet. 

According to the report of the United Nations we have less than 2 decades left to reduce global carbon emissions massively to avoid disastrous consequences on earth. 

Unfortunately, many people have not understood yet how important a change is. 
To express it in travelling: If the world will not be able to manage emission reduction very soon, many countries will be lost to tourism. This includes especially many islands and costal areas. 

Of course, global leaders and politicians must act to force changes on a high level. At the same time everybody of us, every single person, should also adapt and change, should reduce his own CO2 footprint. There are thousand of little things you can do to lower your carbon footprint. 
It is about your behavior as a consumer, your eating habbits as well as your travel perferences. 

Actually, our all carbon footprint is very high due to travelling. Especially, when you love flying all around the world. Or if you love to fly very often, even short distance flights etc. Rent a car is less environmental friendly than using public transportation. It all adds up and creates your individual carbon footprint on this planet. 

One solution might be, not to travel at all or travel green and go for sustainable tourism. On the other hand you can also think about carbon offset, a compensation for all the CO2 emissions that your lifestyle causes.

Planting a tree is a very good solution. Although, the most sustainable solution is to avoid CO2 emissions at all. Nevertheless, nowadays it is still a bit tricky or expensive to act green all the time. Therefore it’s a very good way to compensate your current carbon footprint. Doing something is still better than doing nothing! 

So, what about the idea of planting a tree? Or let plant a tree. This might be easier for you. It is our all responsibility to take care of our planet. To plant a tree is a little action to help the planet. Please remember: When you start your travel plan here on travel & Tree, we plant a tree for every booking. It’s free. 

The more people interact the better! 
We protect rainforest just because you are here. Thank you. 

How to compensate you carbon footprint?

There are many options how to reduce CO2 emissions and how to compensate your carbon footprint. Both are important. Over time you will find many information on Travel & Tree how to reduce or compensate your carbon footprint. 

As of now, just take advantage of our offer that we plant a tree and protect existing rainforests while you go travelling. Enjoy! 

Are you interested finding out more?

Then,

  1. Plant a tree with your next flight
  2. Or use your next accommodation to save the rainforest
  3. Get a tree for free for your next train ticket
  4. Get a sightseeing ticket and plant a tree
  5. Book your next top deal and help us afforest the rainforest

 

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Informative Carbon Footprint Facts

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Informative Carbon Footprint Facts

Carbon footprint facts: 7 interesting aspects you should know

In these days, one of our major concerns is how to stop the climate change. The world’s rising energy demand is a global problem for climate protection. In particular, conventional power generation from coal, oil or natural gas causes most of the CO2 emissions worldwide. Together with other greenhous gases it heats up our atmosphere. This global warming can and will have fatal consequences for the environment and people all around the world.

It’s the daily energy in our all lives that support this unfavorable development. It doesn’t matter if it’s gas that heats our stoves, petrol that fuels our cars, or electricity that lights up our homes. It is all taking its toll.

The emission of CO2 into the atmosphere is due to the set of all activities of any individual person, community, enterprise or organization. It’s worth thinking about your own carbon footprint. Your personal carbon footprint basically describes your individual amount of CO2 that your lifestyle costs.

Please find here some basic facts about carbon footprints.

1. You are a source of carbon emission

The Federal Statistical Office of the EU has determined that every German correlates with approx. 11.3 tons of CO2 in 2017. The average for the EU is 8.8 tons of CO2 per person.In France, this CO2 equivalent was 7.2 tons and in the UK 7.7 tons. Worldwide, the amount has steadily increased since the 1960s. For some years there has been a general decline in the EU. In China, a high increase is recorded, while the US is constantly at a high level of around 16 ton per capita.The absolute front runner is Qatar (38 tons) and other Arab countries such as Kuwait, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates with 22-24 tons per capita.

2. Your lifestyle is a source of carbon emission

Besides the fact that conventional production of energy causes most of the global CO2 emissions it’s also up to you and your responsibility of what you do and what you don’t do. For example, food production represents 83% of carbon emissions and 11% for ist transportation.

You can consider to use power from conventional sources or from renewable energies. You can decide whether you drive a muscle car or an electric car, or if you use public transporation and prefer travelling by train or if you prefer driving an SUV etc. It also makes a difference if you buy organic food or food from mass production, if you love to eat meat or if you are an vegetarian. It all adds up.

3. Your travel carbon footprint

Another aspect about carbon footprint facts is that transportation is also a top producer of CO2. Transportation includes many aspects: transportation of goods to deliver the whole world with any kind of products but it also means the transportation of people. People go from A to B every day, they travel on business or love to escape from home to spend some spepcial holidays somewhere. This means all CO2 emissions. It is just the difference how much emission we set free, if we try to minimize it or if we compensate some of our CO2 emissions to lower our carbon footprint. There are many ways what you can do. One o fit to use Travel & Tree, as we plant trees for every flight or accomodation booking.

4. Carbon footprint and flight emissions

If you take a long-haul flight, then you will be surprised by knowing that its CO2 equivalent is higher than what a single person in many countries causes in average per year.  A flight from Munich to New York and from New York to Munich means e.g. 3,9 kg of CO2 per traveller. In 125 countries accross the globe the average CO2 equivalent per year is less than that! Even a short return trip, e.g. from London to Rome, means carbon emissions of 234 kg of CO2 per passenger. This is also more than more than the yearly carbon foot of a person in 30 countries.

Of course we cannot avoid flying all the time, especially while travelling on business. What we can do is to consider how often we fly, if we can use other transportation for short distances or if we can also take the train or publicat transportation instead.

5. Aviation Emission of carbon footprint would be triple

In fact, the avitation sector is marked as the fastest growing C02 polluter in the world. At the same time it’s interesting to mention that the internet and digital developments catch up fast. According to German news the carbon footprint of the internet is becoming as high as the carbon footprint from air traffic. The University of Manchester Metropolitan states that the CO2 emission by the aviation sector could become double by 2050, no matter if the future aeroplane consume less fuel or not.

6. Meat products have high carbon footprints

The carbon footprint of meat is high. Much higher than the carbon footprint of vegetables or grains. Animals like e.g. cows produce a lot of methane gas. The production of one kilo of beef causes between 7 and 28 kilos of greenhouse gas emissions – compared to less than one kilogram of fruit or vegetables.

7. Our all role and carbon footprints

It might be a surprise to you, that our all behavior has got an impact on our climate. It doesn’t matter if we think about it or not. It matters waht we do. As travelling is a great experience to discover the world, meet other cultures, make friends with different people etc. Travelling means unforgetable moments, special insights and a high leisure factor. Luckily, more and more green tour operators offer green tours. Green tourism lowers the impact and helps to save the beauty of our planet with all its nice beaches, nature and diveristy.

Let's protect some nature!