It’s no secret travel isn’t always an environmentally or socially friendly activity. From airplane pollution to car rentals to small plastic travel bottles, there’s a lot of room for improvement, but travel companies are beginning to make changes to operations to promote more sustainable practices and give back to local communities. One way travelers can do this is by helping out local causes in the destination they plan to visit, and that’s where Fairbnb comes in.
The site touts itself as an ethical holiday rental website that lets travelers book rooms in city apartments while also giving them the opportunity to support city projects. Fairbnb donates 50 percent of its commission from room rentals to social projects that local residents choose. For example, the Fairbnb arm in Amsterdam donates to a community gardening project in northern areas of the city and an urban agriculture project for migrant women in the southeastern part of the city, both low-income areas.
With a rapidly increasing number of short-term rental apartments in European cities, which have had a negative impact on local communities and housing prices, Fairbnb’s founder collaborated with others who felt the same way and developed an alternative holiday rental platform. Fairbnb has certain restrictions for hosts, such as one home per host, which prevents locals from renting out multiple properties for financial gain, as well as a ban on business-owned properties.
Fairbnb has properties in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bologna, Valencia and Venice, with plans to expand to other European cities this year.
Providence, Rhode Island, delights visitors this fall with plenty of spooky fun for the whole family. With several events canceled last year due to COVID-19, the city brings back favorite annual festivals for 2021. Those visiting this fall may also catch a glimpse of the cast filming Hocus Pocus 2 in Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley!
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
Mercury Financial and Spirit Airlines announced the launch of Free Spirit Points Plus Mastercard, joining the Free Spirit Points Mastercard, which launched in February. Free Spirit Points Plus cardmembers will have the opportunity to earn points and status with Spirit Airlines.
Elegant Hotels launched a special wedding offer add-on to its properties in Barbados. Something Elegant takes inspiration from the famous saying: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Guests booking a wedding package can add the offer to their big day.
With more than 6,000 islands total, with 227 inhabited, in Greece, the selection is overwhelming. Which one is perfect for your next vacation?
Thompson Savanah, the brand’s first in Georgia, recently opened along the banks of the Savannah River. Location at the junction of Savannah’s historic district and its newest neighborhood, Eastern Wharf, the hotel honors the city’s vibrant history and local community.