•Be green at the hotel [Travel tips special]•

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Vacation is the best time of the year! Finally you can relax and don’t have to worry about your household. But being away from home doesn’t mean that you should stop caring about the environment. Here are some tips how you can support the environment of the hotel you are staying at:

 

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•Eat, Pray, Love•

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After 7 hours of squeezing our knees in this narrow Virgin Australia plane we finally arrived on Bali, Indonesia! Pure sunshine and tropical temperatures welcomed us – just as we know it from “good ol’ Southeast Asia”! :-) Our first destination was Sanur that has a nice sand beach and a lively tourist strip with restaurants and cafes. The place we were staying at was super comfy and so we had a great start on the “Island of the Gods”. On Bali the majority is Hindu (different to the rest of Indonesia) and this you can tell from all the shrines, temples and contributions which the smiling, friendly Balinese people put everywhere.

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•Travel responsibly [Travel tips special]•

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We all just have limited time for our vocation and we want the best out of it. But rushing through always goes along with stress (fear of not getting to see everything you’ve got on the “checklist”) and leaving a bigger “ecological footprint”. So consider the following points already when planning your trip:

 

 

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•”Think global – Eat local” – a guest article from PASO published on green-responsibility.de•

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The Network for sustainable communication “Green Responsibility” (GR) has published a guest article from us about “Think global – Eat local”. Here you can read our and other “green” articles. Maybe you need this guy to help you! ;)

 

The objective of GR is to provide ideas for companies on how to be sustainable! All the membering companies agreed to follow “green guidelines” and to be CO2-neutral.

 

We like that!

 


 

•PASO Flyer New Zealand•

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We travelled around New Zealand for two months and talked to a lot of people to find out what it is that could be improved in terms of environmental behavior / protection. Once the data was collected and the problems highlighted, we sat down with the Whangarei-based artist Kiwiman (Matthew Kelly) and worked out an amazing flyer which is dedicated to the tourists who travel & camp around New Zealand – in order to lower their impact and show them how to protect the beautiful eco-system of New Zealand.

 

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[DOWNLOAD IN FULL SIZE HERE]

 

Now the PASO Flyer New Zealand is ready and the flyers (10.000 pcs, A4-DLE) are going to be printed and distributed within the next two weeks. Travelers will come across the flyers at i-SITEs allover New Zealand (see a map of the locations below). We’d like to thank the supporting i-SITEs and especially our artist Kiwiman for the great comic as well as nakedbus.com who is the main sponsor of the flyers. The flyers will be on display from August 2012.

 

 


 

•Water is life! [Travel tips special]•

 

 

Water is life! It’s a precious resource and many places in the world already suffer water shortages. Moreover: lakes, rivers, beaches and harbors are the habitat of many animals and plants. Please be sure to keep any kind of water(way) free of rubbish, spills and introduced species, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come. Also when you travel you can help by:

 

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•Waste: The everlasting problem [Travel tips special]•

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Rubbish is a major problem – not only when travelling. It pollutes the air (when being burned) and blocks waterways and contaminates animals and plants. Waste is hazardous if disposed of incorrectly and can attract pests and disease. Everyone of us can help to make this world a cleaner place: reduce the amount of waste you make and dispose of it responsibly.

 

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•Street-Art, kangoroos & more•

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And as it was on the way somehow, we decided to stop over in Australia! After a long discussion what to visit on this huge island we finally decided to check out some highlights along the east coast. So on the list were Melbourne in the south, Sydney, Brisbane and surrounding.

But first things first: Melbourne is a cool city: cozy Cafés and authentic pubs, a lively streetart-scene, a mixture between old and new buildings and the beautiful river side… we had a great time! Especially because we met lovely “Aussies” – both new people and old friends like Jim and Hannah (friends from Brisbane who happen to be in Melbourne at the same time).

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•Tips for your trips [Travel tips special]•

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It’s finally summer in the northern hemisphere and that means: HOLIDAY! In the following weeks we’ll provide you with some handy tips on how you can be environmental friendly during your vacation/trips. We know: when on holiday, we all want to have an easy time and relax from all-day life without worrying too much. But still, it’s so easy to be eco-friendly at the same time, no matter whether you are the adventure guy or the relaxed beach buddy.

 

The first step is to simply take your good manners with you on vacation and be a good role model – especially for those who haven’t learned all the stuff you take for granted back home (recycling, save resources, protect the environment, etc.). And the second step is that we’re going to support you with some more tips about responsible travel in the following weeks.  Together we can change the world – everyone a little bit.

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•Top packing travel tips•

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Backpacking across the world gives you an excellent opportunity to experience new cultures, try unusual cuisines and see breathtaking landscapes. Whether you’re travelling around Europe or taking a road trip through a few American states, the last thing you want is for your luggage to slow you down. That’s why we have put together a few handy hints and tips to help you pack more efficiently.

 

One of the heaviest items to pack are things like travel guides, maps and leaflets. Even though it is important to be able to find your way around a new city when you’re abroad, there’s actually an alternative to packing heavy books like these. Why not simply download some travel apps to your phone? Travel apps provide detailed maps and recommend top tourist sites. Plus if you find a WIFI hub, you’ll be able to add your own reviews and comments to the app’s website, as well as have the chance to email your family some photos of your trip so far, or even have a quick game of Foxy and update your Facebook status.

 

Another way to pack more lightly on your travels is to avoid carrying around too many heavy drinks and snacks. Bottles of water and snacks like apples and pears are rather hefty to lug around in your backpack. Instead, why not switch bottled water for small juice boxes and exchange apples and pears for packs of dried fruit and nuts? These are much lighter and you won’t end up with bashed and bruised pieces of fruit at the bottom of your bag.

 

If you are visiting a country which has very temperamental weather, then you are probably planning to pack both shorts and long pants. However, you can save room by getting yourself a pair of zip-off pants. As soon as the sun comes out, simply zip-off the bottom half of your pants and store them in your bag – this is much lighter and more compact than carrying around extra pairs of shorts with you.