With lockdown set to ease, we’re all feeling a bit hopeful that maybe this year we might be able to get back out there again.
But if you’re still feeling a bit cautious – that’s okay! You can brush up on your yoga at home in preparation for a future retreat, or plan a UK roadtrip to catch a glimpse of Britain’s rarest creatures.
Plus find out what you can do to support communities around the world that have been affected by the lack of tourism during the pandemic.
Soul & Surf
Successful yoga and surfing retreat company Soul & Surf, based in Portugal, India and Sri Lanka, knows we still won’t be able to visit for a while.
So it has launched a new At Home flexible subscription service, which offers access to the yoga teachers in these sites so you can practise your pranayamas in the comfort of your front room.
The teachers will provide new practices every week so you can learn different movements and build your strength.
Beer and music have always gone hand in hand, and the organisers of UK’s first craft beer music festival are daring to dream that Bigfoot, their Covid-secure three-day celebration, will take place from June 18 to 20.
Held in the grounds of Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, the music will come courtesy of headliners such as Primal Scream, while breweries including Two Tribes and Gipsy Hill will supply the hoppy stuff.
Food will be provided by the likes of Patty & Bun and Club Mexicana, while there will also be family events.
UK Wildlife Tour
Once we can travel within the UK, the idea of a wildlife tour sounds swell. Spotting cute critters and getting among nature is just the thing to soothe formerly locked-down souls.
Motoring experts LeaseCar.uk have devised a route to let you see harder-to-locate species, from red squirrels to grey seals, golden eagles and sharks.
Taking you from the Scottish Highlands to the Cornish coast, it’s a handy guide for planning a road trip.
While the idea of carbon-offsetting our much-longed-for future journeys is a worthy one, many of us have no idea where to start when it comes to taking action.
Enter Trees4Travel, a new initiative that aims to make it simple. Enter the details of your trip (eg London to New York for four nights) and it will calculate how many trees would need to be planted to offset that journey within ten years.
Then all you do is ‘buy’ the trees necessary for approximately the cost of a coffee per tree, which will be planted in locations around the world. trees4travel.com
Support Peruvian porters
The Lata Foundation, which helps people in Latin America, has launched the Peru25for25 appeal to provide urgent support for Peruvian porters who normally work with visitors to Machu Picchu.
The lack of tourism has hit the livelihood of the porters and cooks, many of whom have no other source of income. You can help raise funds by taking on a 25-mile challenge – the length of the Inca Trail – in the form of a run, walk or swim during March. Alternatively, you can donate £25.
Back African rangers
Dereck and Beverly Joubert of African conservation organisation Great Plains Foundation have set up Project Ranger to help save game rangers’ jobs and stop the increasing poaching during Covid.
So far, Project Ranger has funded over 130 rangers in seven countries who are on the front line of conservation and help prevent poaching.
It also promotes Art For Rangers, a range of beautiful photographic wildlife prints you can buy whose proceeds will go to this good cause.
The Exodus Travels Foundation supports travel employees affected by the pandemic. Anyone from tour guides to hotel owners can apply for a grant of between £200 and £1,000, which must be invested in projects that will create a positive impact locally, be that environmental, economic or social.
Initiatives include an Exodus team member in Nepal distributing packed lunches to street children and a local operator in Malaysia creating walking trails and natural pools.
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