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.
Have you binge-watched one of Netflix’s hottest new shows, Bridgerton? If you have, you’re probably absolutely obsessed and can’t wait for season two to be released. A new experience from The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, just launched, inspired by this period drama, and fans can get their Bridgertonfix before the next season comes.
Say “Yaas Queen” at Cleveland, Ohio’s, Kimpton Schofield Hotel. Celebrate with your squad in the hotel’s three-bedroom penthouse on the 14thfloor. The promotion welcomes a change of environment and allows you and your best friends a chance to stay in one of the most unique spaces in all of Cleveland.
Alexandria, Virginia, is full of cultural attractions, historic landmarks and outdoor activities. With its close proximity to Washington, D.C., Alexandria is a great city to see on its own or if you’re visiting our nation’s capital. There are plenty of things to do for less than $100 a day.
While many people visit Las Vegas to gamble, some go to watch the shows or explore the Strip and surrounding attractions. Almost all of the hotels in Vegas feature an expansive casino with plenty of tables, slot machines and other games. Along with gambling, most of the casinos also allow players to smoke in the casinos. A new Las Vegas resort is about to change the scene.
The sustainably chic h2hotel in Healdsburg, California, relaunched its Living Room styling amenity that allows guests to decorate a suite with a variety of plants from Dragonfly Floral, an organic flower farm and full-service florist. Upon check-out, guests can choose to purchase any of the in-room plants. The offer is available year-round and starts at $150.