1. Unleash your imagination at this Lord Of The Rings-Inspired Airbnb
Can’t afford a trip to New Zealand but still dying to feel like Frodo? Your answer lies on America’s West Coast. Tucked away on six acres of property surrounded by rolling green hills is a special Airbnb that transports you to Middle-earth. The house is located a three-hour drive east of Seattle in Orondo, Washington. With your neighbors being the likes of deer, rabbits, birds and butterflies, the serene escape is an opportunity to indulge yourself in complete tranquility.
The entrypoint is a large, round entrance door up-cycled from cable spool. Inside you’ll find a hot drink bar, a live edge wooden chess board, a wooden bathtub and a cordwood floor composed of over 1,200 individual pieces. “It was full of thoughtful touches to make you feel like you've been whisked away to hobbit life in the Shire. The view out the round door into the Columbia valley was stunning,” shares visitor Renee.
Discover all this Airbnb has to offer here.
2. The first “female-only” hotel in Spain is now open
Som Dona is adding a new element to the niche travel market with its female-only hotel in Mallorca, Spain. Unique amenities include professional hair dryers, hair straighteners and fog-resistant bathroom mirrors. The closets are equipped with jewelry spots and makeup-removing wipes. The property also aims to hire female employees as much as possible. Som Hotels President, Joan Enric Capellá shares, “One of our objectives is also to give a certain visibility to women doing traditionally masculine jobs.”
With solo travel increasing in popularity, the new property serves as a haven for women who want to take that leap but may not feel comfortable in a traditional environment. The resort serves as the ideal backdrop for women to meet new travel companions while fostering a safer community for women. Aside from solo travel, Som Dona is the new must spot for mother-daughter vacations and girls trips.
Find out more about the hotel here.
3. Hold off on bringing that vial of sand home with you from your next vacation
A French couple is facing up to six years in prison after being caught trying to take 88 pounds of white sand from Sardinia home with them. They aren’t the first culprit. In 2017, Sardinia enforced a law making it illegal to remove sand, pebbles and seashells from its beaches.
Think you’re safe elsewhere? Think again. Removing sand from Hawaii can lead to a fine of up to $100,000. Greece’s famous pink beach, Elafonisi, is less vibrant than before and was declared a nature reserve as a result of visitors taking so much sand. Other punishable offenses include collecting rocks from U.S. National Parks, removing anything from Iceland and stealing coral in Thailand.
On your next trip, be sure to leave no trace, clean up your waste and keep the scenery how you found it. Ecosystems and landscapes are damaged every time they’re altered. Let’s be sure to leave our natural wonders in tact for the next decades of travelers to enjoy.
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4. Shipping containers as art? New Yorkers, don’t be so quick to leave Manhattan this September
Photoville is returning to Dumbo, New York for the eighth year and you do not want to miss it. The free photo festival will take place from September 12-22, 2019. The festival brings over 600 artists to this Brooklyn waterfront boasting spectacular views of Manhattan. Over 80 exhibitions will line the streets and turn regularly bland shipping containers into transformative galleries.
In partnership with Smorgasburg, the seasonal New York food market, a beer garden will be at the park with local food and beverage vendors. Because no true art event is complete without a pint to pair it with.
Learn more about the pop-up here.
5. Nepal is banning single-use plastic
The Khumbu region around Everest, Nepal receives around 150,000 visitors each year. Now, the country has a way to ensure the Earth’s highest mountain can be climbed by decades of hikers to come. Earlier in 2019, 11 tons of trash were removed from the mountain. To combat travelers leaving plastic waste, officials agreed to prohibit plastic soft drink bottles and single-use plastics less than 0.03 millimeters thick from Mount Everest and its surrounding region. The new ordinance will begin in January 2020. This ban currently doesn’t apply to plastic water bottles, but officials are working to decide how to solve this.
With the Amazon Rainforest continuing to burn, it’s more important than ever for countries, individuals and preservation workers to ban together and protect our planet.
Read more about the plastic ban here.
Sustainable travel on your mind? Take a cue from these 17 eco-travelers on a mission to leave their destination exactly the way they found it.