How often do you drop into a city on a short break and then three days later find that you’re flying home feeling as though you’ve only been able to sample a snapshot of life there? We have definitely done this over the years, and though returning to a place offers us a chance to explore more, we see the benefits of longer stays in a place where we can not only take in more of its culture and atmosphere but find ways to connect more with our destination so our visit contributes to the local community. Tourism bringing benefit to the local community is very much at the heart of sustainable travel in the 2020s (long gone is the purely “green travel” thinking of the industry in days gone by). So it was with this impetus that we recently enjoyed a more sustainable city break to Graz, in Austria.
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From a European perspective, when I consider the Caribbean, Puerto Rico would rarely be an island I’d have thought about visiting. While this corner of the US is a popular Spring Break destination for American mainlanders it isn’t as well known or visited for us Brits. Yet, my recent visit to this fascinating Caribbean island has given me an insight into a fabulous place, and one to which I’m already plotting my return. I found so many great things to do in Puerto Rico – a destination that is also challenging the usual status quo of Caribbean travel – which is often based around chain hotels and all inclusives – to put the focus on sustainable travel to the benefit of the whole community.