We’ve all seen the ubiquitous photos of our friends (or Facebook acquaintances) posing with tigers in Thailand or riding elephants at Angkor Wat or in India. But what has become known as “animal tourism” isn’t always ethical as some animals are kept in poor conditions, underfed and used solely for tourism purposes. Airbnb is working to combat these potentially harmful activities by offering experiences to their customers, but only those that promote ethical practices for the animals.
Airbnb’s new platform called Animal Experiences offers more than 1,000 activities in 60 countries where travelers and animals can interact in environments that make the welfare of the animals the main focus. Program officials work with World Animal Protection to develop an animal welfare policy to ensure all owners or hosts who take part in the experiences abide by certain rules, one of which is to forbid humans from touching the animals and not allowing selfies with the animals.
As part of this program, there will be no animal performances or rides. However, domesticated work animals like donkeys can transport a maximum of one passenger at a time, who cannot weigh more than one-fifth of the animal’s weight.
A portion of the proceeds collected by Airbnb’s Animal Experiences will be donated to veterinary care, conservation and other animal-focused non-profit organizations.
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.
As companies worldwide decided to close office doors for good and allow employees to work remotely full time, travel-spirited people are eager to home hop and work from new, exciting locations. WhyHotel provides the flexibility of an extended stay without feeling like you live in a hotel, but instead in a comfortable home. The newly announced, pop-up in Miami, Florida, is sure to be a top stay for the modern digital nomad.
Summer is coming quickly and you just realized your passport is expired! You go into panic mode because your upcoming trip requires this identification and you need it here as soon as possible. It has been 10 years since you got a new passport and you totally forget where to begin to obtain an updated document. Have no fear — it’s easier than you think.