Bucket list, the essential tool for creating memories

This is the only list you finish and suddenly it gets more items on it. It is never ending and addictive once you get the thirst for travel there is no way back! It occupies your mind and motivates you to accomplish the list.

It is a tool for travel and it drives your mind to actually go on a trip. Once you have a couple of items in your bucket list it is engraved on your mind starting to manifest your desires. You have to finish the list, and after you have those amazing memories the adrenalin gets you and you create some more lists. And the items on the new lists become longer. You get the cravings for more and you created an addiction, however this addiction is a healthy one. It is better than any drugs and satisfies you on many different levels. First of all, you go and see something you wanted for a long time and now it is the time you will get it. Pure excitement. Secondly, you will indulge in beautiful places and cultures, which opens your mind about the world and you will start to care about your environment. You will be interested in all the aspects of travel including making friendships and engage in conversations with strangers and locals. You will look for the authentic not the touristic. And the third level is the feeling of accomplishment. You crossed three items on your list? Well…you just created some more memories in your life nobody can take away from you! Well done, carry on what you are doing.

My bucket list – once I wrote it down – contained Hawaii, Bora Bora and Japan. As you can see it was very simple with only a couple of items and exactly in the same order. So, finally it was penciled on a paper and surprisingly within less than one year I got to visit Japan. I had a chance to look around in Nagasaki, Kobe and even Tokyo, while another half year later I managed to visit Bora Bora and my old time favorite Hawaiian Islands including Lahaina in Maui, White Sand Beach in Kona, Kauai, Hilo and Honolulu. All these I got to see within one year! So now I have a new list and it has much more than three items.

Also, bucket lists are not just for travel it can motivate you to be creative, active and ambitious towards achieving your goals in life.

What are you waiting for? Go and start your Bucket List now!

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Zanzibar, where natural beauty meets history

Many people have the desire to travel to Africa at least once in a lifetime and I’m not different. I have never touched the ground of this elegant continent but it is definitely on my bucket list – with too many other items. Africa has a wide choice of regions and countries that attract visitors such as Madagascar, Tanzania including Serengeti and the Kilimanjaro, Rwanda. Mozambique, South Africa, Morocco, Mauritius, and so on just to name a few.

I’m very much fascinated by Zanzibar, a small island located off Tanzania, where natural beauty meets history. Apparently, Stone Town is the only functioning ancient town in East Africa and it is surrounded by magical sandy beaches and coral reefs – looks like just paradise. No wonder it is the home of top class watersports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, deep sea fishing, waterskiing and dhow sailing. Dhow is a traditional Arab sailing vessel with one or two masts and lateen rigging used in the Indian Ocean. They originated in the Ancient Near East in the time of the Babylonian and Middle Assyrian Empire. Just looking at them makes you feel you are back in old times, so as their Swahili trading town.

Stone town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a 200 years old ancient city and cultural center of Zanzibar with many narrow alleys, bazaars, mosques and houses built by Arabic architectures with elements from other cultures of Africa, India and Europe. We also need to mention their carved, wooden doors, which was made by very precise handiwork and there are more than 500 different styles. Anyway, who would not want to wander around in these tiny crooked streets getting lost in the    of shops selling various paintings, dresses, jewelry, handicrafts including carpets, wooden souvenirs, and food such as spices, and African local fruits.

Building that must be seen are the Old Fort, Old Dispensery, St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, Malindi Bamnara Mosque, Royal Cemetery and Hamamni and other Persian baths. For nature lovers Nakupenda Beach, with its turquoise clean water and the Prison Island with its giant tortoises should not be missed, while you also have to visit the Tangawizi Spice Farm, which offers demonstration of many local fruits and tastes of all these delicacies. Forodhani night food market is for food lovers here you can find all the mouthwatering local specialties. For an eco-friendly accommodation stay in Chumbe Island Coral Park, Manta Resort on Pemba Island or the Mangrove Lodge.

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How We Travel Matters

It is time to realize that it matters how we travel. Choose sustainable travel options, eco-friendly hotels, resorts and other accommodations, fuel-efficient airlines, environmentally friendly transportation, organic farm tours, organic wine tours, farm-to-table organic restaurants whenever you can.  BE AWARE. BE THE CHANGE. TRAVEL ECO

It does not mean that you have to cancel your trip you booked had year ago, but next time you should make a conscious decision which hotel, restaurant, tour or transportation you use. There are many eco-friendly options all over the world and 2017 is officially the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This is the best time to act and start thinking differently while broaden the horizon about what you can do to help raise awareness, preserve cultural values and heritage, save the environment and protect natural resources.

Environmentally friendly hotels use green initiatives such as water and energy saving solutions, waste management and recycling, reducing emissions, having green transportation, use local, sustainable farm-to-table and organic produce, has eco-friendly purchase policies and support the local communities by employing local workers. Organic restaurants also support local farmers while following green best practices in their establishments. Some airlines bought new fleet of aircrafts that are fuel efficient and has less carbon emissions while many transportation company has started using full electric vehicles. Organic agriculture has become a tourist  attraction lately not only offering their own natural produces and products but educating visitors about the chemical free farming and how to avoid GMOs, growth hormones, herbicides, pesticides and antibiotics keeping the soil fertile and sustainable.

So, put your ego aside and enjoy your guilt free trip while contributing to helping the Earth live longer.

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Booming ecotourism in Morocco – Le Ferme Berbere

Morocco has started a new image by marketing themselves as ecotourism destination, and the Moroccan Ministry of Tourism has already setup strategies, rules and standards towards becoming an environmentally- friendly country making sustainability a priority. I found an amazing venue to stay on the outskirt of Marrakech in the heart of Atlas Mountain, which is now on my bucket list, the Le Ferme Berbere eco-friendly hotel. It looks very authentic and for sure it is the place to relax. Continue reading “Booming ecotourism in Morocco – Le Ferme Berbere”

Organic wine tour in the Hungarian countryside

Any wine lover knows the main international wine countries such as France, Italy, California, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa. And I’m talking about only the most known wine growing countries not the ones containing the small, unique and boutique vineyards like Hungary. This beautiful country has 22 wine regions including Tokaj, the wine region, which is considered the first appellation in the world producing all types of wines. Continue reading “Organic wine tour in the Hungarian countryside”

Chocolate and vacation

Who doesn’t like these two things especially when they are together  I’m a big fan of organic farms so I was happy to discover that Grenada has many organic cocoa plantations using sustainable gardening methods. Twelve farmers work together in a cooperative providing the cocoa beans for the Grenada Chocolate Company, a producer of the award winning organic dark chocolate bar. I was specifically interested in Belmont Estate, which is in a strategic alliance with the Grenada Chocolate Company, and a grower of an array of exotic spices. I liked their Continue reading “Chocolate and vacation”

Sustainable travel aka responsible travel

The continuously growing population on Earth causes many environmental and social problems and is expected to exceed nine billion by 2050. And guess what? These people, whose international tourist arrival will reach seven billion by that time, will travel leaving behind a huge impact on every aspects of life. We are responsible for it being positive or negative therefore we have to pay attention and mind the way we travel.

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Palawan, the hidden gem of the Philippines

Bucket lists are essential drivers for motivation to explore the world and they are ever changing. Not sure about yours but my bucket lists are always expanding even though I crossed some items on it. It just keeps getting longer and longer with new destinations and one of them is an old time favorite: Palawan. I came across this beautiful island while browsing on the internet and instantly fell in love with it. First of all, it is intact no tourism destroyed the environment and I hope it stays like this for a while.

Palawan is located in the southwestern part of the Philippines close to Borneo part of Malaysia consisting of 1700 islands. It has crystal clear water with untouched fauna and flora all over the big island including tropical rainforests, coral atolls, rivers and streams and mangroves reminding me of a place called heaven. It is just simply mesmerizing not to mention the abundance of activities it can offer for al type of travelers. Not surprisingly has it the name “ the last ecological frontier”. I believe it has very much to do with having numerous protected areas that preserves the natural habitat of the island.

In the northern part of Palawan, in Calauit there is a Game Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary offering safaris to those want to see exotic and native species of animals from an open-sided truck. It resembles of an African reserve where zebras, giraffes and antelopes running around free, however you will be able to find species native to the Philippines such as the Grevy’s zebras, Calamian deers and Palawan porcupines. Apparently Calauit island was chosen by a then president of the Philippines due to its isolation reducing poaching and risk of diseases. Another protected place is the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area where gorgeous limestone cliffs are located and the edible bird nests can be found. Palawan is also a top diving destination with many stunning location like the Tubbataha Reefs in the middle of the Sulu Sea, which coral atolls are on the list of the World Heritage Sites due to its various collection of fish and unique marine life or the Apo Reef and Coron’s wreck dive sites.
On the west coast of Palawan there is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, which is also on the list of World Heritage Sites, where the longest underground rivers of the world situated. Environmentalists and geologists discovered small waterfalls inside the cave, while we can find many cathedral caves, white sand beaches, limestone cliffs, forests and diverse ecosystem. Palawan is home of 232 native species including birds and butterflies, endangered sea turtles and the beautiful sea mammal, the dugong which feeds on seagrass in the surrounding waters.

Palawan’s indigenous tribes are the Bataks, who have a Visitor Center in Puerto Princesa, the Palawans and the Tagbanuas. The latter belong to the oldest original inhabitants of Palawan and its islands celebrating their annual Pagdiwata Ritual Festival held in December on a full moon in Aborlan village.

P.S. –  Want to go on a custom designed eco-friendly and sustainable tour anywhere in the world? I’m happy to book your full or partial trip! I’ll be offering you to my favorite hotels or resorts, restaurants, attractions, bars, and natural wonders you won’t find in any guidebook. If you’re interested, subscribe to my newsletter for updates or contact me now.

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