“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”
There are seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Fujairah could well be one of the most underrated of them all.
Initially it was the promise of diving into the azure waters around Snoopy Island, at Al Aqah Beach, which enticed us to explore this area. Yes, here in the desert you would expect sand and lots of it however, it might surprise you to learn that, along with the gorgeous coastlines perfect for diving and snorkelling, there are rugged mountain ranges to drive across and Fujairah is also home to some of the oldest buildings in the UAE. Read more
The goal is to inspire people to learn more about natural products and show that natural beauty is mainstream, contemporary and delivers results.
Vila Vasoodaven, Green Chic
We certainly are spoilt with choice these days as promises of ‘natural’, ‘organic’ and ‘green’ can be found branded across a large portion of skincare products which fill the shelf. The challenge we are now faced with is having the ability to sift through the jargon to identify authentic and ethically run companies, who have produced a natural product, which actually works.
Necessary research and shopping around takes time (we so seldom have) and the everyday consumer definitely can not afford to learn these lessons the hard way – right?
I get it!
So let me throw out a helping hand right now and introduce you to Vila, this week’s guest to CWMS. Vila is the Founder of the unique online cosmetic store here in the UAE called Green Chic and is more than qualified to research all the finer details behind product labels. Green Chic has a not negotiable set of guidelines when it comes to ingredient choices and proudly supports both local and international companies who meet the exacting criteria, including a stand against animal cruelty. Read more
“Take Nothing but Pictures, Leave Nothing but Footprints, Waste Nothing but Time.”
According to the itinerary, our immediate plan was to head directly to our accommodation. “It could take 15 minutes or two hours to get to camp” says our Masai Mara Guide, “depending on what we see!”
And just like that; our family unit was on an African Safari! Read more
Ecotourism is now defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education”. Education is meant to be inclusive of both staff and guests.
Rekero Camp is located in the heart of the Masai Mara, Kenya and this year the luxury campsite is celebrating 30 years of accommodating guests on safari. The acknowledgements don’t stop there. In July 2017, appropriately coinciding with the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development, Ecotourism Kenya awarded Rekero Camp the prestigious GOLD Eco-rating Certification to recognise their consistent level of excellence.
So how does staying in a fully furnished tent, perfectly positioned to overlook the alluring plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve sound to you?
Categories: Africa, Family Travel
Tags: Africa, African Safari, Asilia Africa, Eco Travel, Ecotourism, Family Travel, Glamping, Kenya, Luxury Travel, Masai Mara, Rekero Camp, Safari, Sustainable Tourism, Sustainable travel
“Small positive acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”
A sustainable lifestyle certainly is possible for those who have chosen apartment living and also for adventurous families who reside and travel between countries and cultures. Those whose life is full of unpredictable variables, in countries where sustainable awareness is still evolving, need to be kind to themselves and remember they can still stand by their values even when having to allow flexibility within their commitment.
Inspired to coincide with Plastic Free July, this post is full of constructive and actionable sustainable lifestyle suggestions. The intention is to encourage small and positive eco-friendly changes, with a strong focus on how to reduce unnecessary waste.
The format has been kept simple with highlighted links to posts which are written in more detail. Read more
Categories: Talking Rubbish
Tags: Conscious Consumers, Conscious Travel, Eco Friendly, Eco Kitchen, Eco Living, Ethical Choices, Fair Trade, Plastic Free, Plastic Free July, Reduce Reuse Recycle, Reduce Waste, Refuse Single-Use Plastic, Support Small Business, Sustainable Lifestyle, Sustainable Living Tips, Zero Waste
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
Turtles are a hot topic of conversation in the UAE at the moment which is partly due to World Turtle Day, held annually on the 23 May. Environmental groups celebrated this day by holding official events to release rehabilitated Hawksbill Turtles back into their natural ocean environment. Here in Abu Dhabi 49 Hawksbill Turtles and 1 Loggerhead Turtle were released at the beach at Emirates Palace and 12 Hawksbill Turtles at Saadiyat Island.
And did you know it is also nesting season…? Read more
Categories: Family Travel, Middle East
Tags: Arabian Gulf, Dubai Rehabilitation Project, Eco Travel, Hawksbill Sea Turtle Protection Program, Hawksbill Turtle Release, Hawksbill Turtles, Middle East, Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Turtle Release, Turtles, UAE, United Arab Emirates, World Turtle Day