Bite-size news about an eco-hotel in Slovenia, a trip to Sri Lanka that supports orphans and a travel map championing Jordan’s social enterprises.
G Adventures has added four new G for Good projects dedicated to supporting women and young people in Africa. The initiatives have been included in certain G itineraries and include Lusumpuko Women’s Club, a cooperative in Zimbabwe; and AidChild’s Equation Cafe and Gallery, which supports children living with HIV in Uganda.
Eco-hotel Vila Planinka is opening in Slovenia this spring, located in a picturesque valley surrounded by the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. The luxury boutique hotel is built using natural materials and there are only 23 rooms, each of which are named after local herbs, animals and plants. None feature Wi-Fi, allowing clients to connect with nature.
Clients visiting Wales can join a new walking festival along the Wales Coast Path from May 4-19. The festival will include a series of new guided walks from charity Ramblers, with representatives from initiatives including Keep Wales Tidy to encourage sustainable walking around Wales.
Recently voted the world’s top eco-tourism destination at the Sustainable Destinations Top 100 Awards at ITB Berlin, Guyana has many options for responsible travellers. They include Wild Frontiers’ 15-day Guyana Nature Adventure, during which clients will meet local Amerindians and learn about their culture.
A new Meaningful Travel Map showcases 12 of Jordan’s best social enterprises, helping travellers to uncover the destinations through local encounters. Entries include the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative, which trains women skilled in pottery and crafts to become financially independent.
Clients worried about overtourism can opt for a new winter trip to Turkey, which encourages them to visit the destination outside of the peak tourism season. The Turkey Winter Discovery trip visits Cappadocia, the frozen Lake Cildir, and includes an overnight train from Ankara to Erzurum. The 10-day holiday is priced from £935pp.
Kuoni has teamed up with lifestyle brand Gandys to offer clients a 10-night journey through Sri Lanka. Gandys, whose founders Rob and Paul Forkan lost their parents to the 2004 tsunami, allocates 10% of its profits to Orphans for Orphans, a charity helping orphans worldwide. For every Kuoni trip sold, £50 goes to Orphans for Orphans.