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With this weather you have no choice but to think about your next vacation. At the latest when the first two months of the year are over, you want to be in the sun yourself – with a good book in one hand and a tropical drink in the other. Fittingly, our Thailand video has finally been finished. The filmed images were in the pipeline for so long because my husband had to move an office at about the same time as our trip. But now we couldn’t and didn’t want to postpone it any longer and are really happy about the wonderfully beautiful pictures from Thailand. The trip that we made with Green Pearls immediately after our wedding will be remembered forever. And now it’s time for me to share with you a few more things that are floating around in my head about this journey.
Long-distance trips – like this one to Thailand – will always be something special.
For many people, long-distance travel is completely normal. Where are you going this year? Africa? South America? New Zealand? For me personally, however, these broad goals are still incredibly special. For one thing, I don’t want to do the long flights all the time. Unfortunately, I’m really not a fan of that. On the other hand, it should simply not be a matter of course for us to get to any place in the world with a snap of the finger. Travel is a luxury. And yet they are such a valuable exchange of cultures and important for understanding.
Bloggers in particular who deal with ethical issues are repeatedly criticized when they travel long-distance. The CO2 emissions are just way too high. On the other hand, there are possibilities to improve this negative carbon footprint. There are now various websites with which you can measure your CO2 consumption and compensate for it. And then of course it is important how you organize your vacation.
All hotels that can be booked through Green Pearls have a sustainable aspect.
For us, Green Pearls was and is an absolute dream partner when it comes to traveling. Because all the accommodations that you find there have a sustainable aspect and are carefully selected. Every hotel is so different and has a different approach to sustainability. In the Zeavola, for example, which was our absolute highlight, you move almost exclusively barefoot during the day, there water is saved by means of a water treatment system and the system is arranged like a Thai village – including the animals that belong to a real village.
No tree was felled for the construction of Tongsai Bay, there you take small electric shuttles to your hotel room, the animal world is absolutely respected there and guests are asked to use the resources with respect. There is much more to report about these two dream homes. Because I’ve already done that, you can Read more about the Zeavola here and You can find more information about Tongsai Bay here.
So is it also possible to travel sustainably?
If you look closely, you’re not even sustainable when you walk out the door. Unfortunately, the consumption of resources is usually never good. We just don’t live in caves. And we travel. Which is not bad per se either. Because the understanding and exchange of peoples can also have a lot of positive effects. And yes, you can at least make your trip as sustainable as possible and give things back to the country you are traveling to. This means that you deal with their culture and develop an understanding of other customs.
Traveling doesn’t make you a better person, but you can become a person with open eyes. Who might cause a change through what has been seen. I think you can already see that the demand has changed. Tourism is now questioning more. Unfortunately not enough, but many small movements have already been started.
The same applies when traveling: choose well!
So choose specifically. Consciously consume. Give something back. And tries to get in touch with the people who live there. Listen and see what you can do with it. These are the things I generally plan to do when traveling. In terms of Thailand, I was particularly impressed by the unbelievable friendliness of the Thais, but I found the amount of plastic rubbish that you saw everywhere worrying. A problem that many people notice, but for which there seems to be a general solution. But if you find garbage somewhere in a vacation home: at least collect it and take it to where it will hopefully be properly disposed of.
The last trip brings us to the next. Because if you don’t make vacation plans now, then when ?! Just! And this time it demands a complete opposite. Mountains instead of jungle ?! You could say it that way. And instead of a long-haul flight, would you prefer a relaxed drive by car ?! Yep! We are also happy to travel with Green Pearls again. But which destinations will be approached this time, I leave a little open now. The tension should still be maintained.
How does it even work in Asia with a small child?
A question that we have been asked very often: how did Romy Rakete cope with this long journey? We can only come up with a simple answer. Very good. Certainly one can give an awful lot of thought to such a long journey. About the flight, the first-aid kit, what food there is for the little ones, sun protection, the climate. But we knew that we would be well advised by Green Pearls. All accommodations were prepared for us to arrive with a baby. When eating for Romy, they were all incredibly accommodating and flexible.
Two things that I would still recommend to young parents: book a bassinet for the long-haul flight and have a light and easily stowable buggy in your luggage (ours was the Holiday from Britax Roemer and the absolutely smallest model we encountered on the whole trip is). Otherwise you just have to be flexible and accept many things as they come. Incidentally, this is also a skill of the Thais, from which one can learn a slice.
And when will the video finally come?
Now I don’t want to withhold the video from you anymore. I hope you get in the mood for your next vacation. No matter where the journey is going.
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