Tuesday
12 Dec 2017
Ukraine

December 17, one week to Christmas. Did you know that one of the worlds´ dearest Christmas melody is from Ukraine? "Carol of the Bells"... In Ukraine they celebrate Christmas in January. You can take part in the local experience. ... Read more

Thursday
16 Nov 2017
Romania

In Maramures in North Romania we meet Ioan Pop. His name I associated with authentic folklore from the county. It is a very happy music he and his group plays, have a look and listen to his music below. Ioan Pop and his wife Ana live in a sma... Read more

Tuesday
14 Nov 2017
Romania

“I just got the best idea: You have to go and see my father! This juice is made with his organic vegetables and he makes chutneys from the bottom as well as other typical dishes from Western Romania.” Andrada stands in front of us and ... Read more

Thursday
26 Oct 2017

No matter how frugal you are in packing, about 30% of the item will only do the tour and come back. You will not use them! Guaranteed! LEARN TO PACK LIGHT! Remember, no matter how frugal you are in packing, about 30% of the item will onl... Read more

Thursday
26 Oct 2017
Nepal

Yoga trekking in the mountains of Nepal is a journey of a lifetime. Our latest trip took place during Easter 2017. We chose a community trail up to Mohare Danda. Not only to immerse us into the yoga but also the culture, traditions, to engage with th... Read more

Thursday
26 Oct 2017
Norway

Trolltunga is one of the most spectacular scenic cliffs in Norway. Trolltunga is situated about 1100 meters above sea level, hovering 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet. The view is breathtaking. The hike starts in Skjeggedal and goes th... Read more

Thursday
26 Oct 2017
Norway

Norway is made for slow travelling. The long, but tiny country, named after its position on the worldmap, namely the “The way to the North”, is the perfect holiday destination when you want the holiday to be the journey itself. Go with th... Read more

Wednesday
11 Oct 2017
Romania

Lets go to the Apuseni Mountains. Here you will find hamlet after hamlet beautifully nestled in with nature. We are visiting charming Rosia. Visiting Rosia, and many other villages in Romania, is like going back quite a few years in time. Here the... Read more

Friday
22 Sep 2017
Vietnam

I was lucky enough to travel to Pu Luong - one of under-the-radar destinations in Northern Vietnam. Isolate in rough off-road areas, Pu Luong has been overshadowed by more popular nearly destination – Mai Chau. This time I ventured a bit furthe... Read more

Wednesday
20 Sep 2017
Myanmar

When Nandar was a child and her dad gave her a mountain bike, it was her absolutely best gift ever. As soon as she was able to, she spent about five days exploring the trails around the lake, to a point that she hurt so much from the riding and the f... Read more

Thursday
31 Aug 2017
Romania

In Apuseni Mountains, Romania we visit Szolga Iuliana.  Her family has been working as potters for generations. Their pottery are quite special as it is white, due to the clay found in the area. White pottery used to be big industry in this r... Read more

Wednesday
23 Aug 2017
Nepal

Antardristi is a non-profit organization that helps minor victims of sexual abuse through counselling, therapy, participating in different classes and stay at one of their three homes / residential centres.  Vinita Adhikari set up the organ... Read more

Wednesday
16 Aug 2017
Nepal

Would you love to see the snow-capped Mountains of the Himalayas in Nepal? Then Kagbeni is an easy gateway to do so. You take a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (only 20 minutes), and from Jomsom it is an easy 2 – 3 hrs walk to Kagbeni. Str... Read more

Wednesday
16 Aug 2017
Nepal

In Chitwan, Nepal you can visit a local women group that makes beautiful handicraft. Spend some time with women and try to learn how to make baskets and other items of straw. Chitwan is well known for its National Park and safari. But it is much m... Read more

Sunday
30 Jul 2017
Nepal

Nepal gets the monsoon in June, and this month has a celebration for Rice "Ropain" - a day where Nepalese will celebrate the day by getting into the mud, planting some seedlings and having a feast. It does not get more LOCAL than this, and ... Read more

Wednesday
19 Jul 2017
Gambia

The Gambia is so much more than sunbathing and being a winter-sun destination. It has countless of experiences to offer and you can easily fill a week or two and still want to go back for a second (and third!) visit. We have collected a few tips on h... Read more

Monday
17 Jul 2017
Nepal

A few months ago, Socialtours was involved in a meeting called by Prem Bhakta Maharjan, Chairman of the Bungamati Area Reconstruction and Development Council. This was where the idea of the Bungamati Trails was floated, as an initiative and... Read more

Wednesday
12 Jul 2017
Nepal

Kathmandu is more than a short stop along your journey  - it is a place where you can easily spend a few days extra. the number and varieties of activities are endless! For many travelers legendary Kathmandu is just a gateway to enter Nepal a... Read more

Wednesday
12 Jul 2017
Ukraine

If you want to experience Ukraine like few others have done before, let us invite you to the mountains of the Carpathians, and meet our biking guide Taras Pasymok, named after the greatest poet of Ukraine - Taras Shevchenko. Taras himself is a gre... Read more

Friday
26 May 2017
Ukraine

Miriam Jøms reports: I’m from Norway and used to mountains, that’s kind of one of the things my country is well off with. Still I was excited to visit “the mountains” in Ukraine, namely the Carpathians. The journey from... Read more

Friday
26 May 2017
Nepal

The Himalayas have long been known to be the abode of yogis and seekers, of mystics and adventurers alike. In November you can join us on a journey of a lifetime. Get immersed with Yoga in Kathmandu Valley at beautiful resorts. This is your time to t... Read more

Wednesday
24 May 2017
Norway

It is already way past midnight, but the sun is still shining. It will not go to sleep this evening. It is barely dipping its beams under the duvet before it raises again and yet become a fully member of the group. Lighting up your night, it welcomes... Read more

Thursday
18 May 2017
Thailand

Do you love Thai Food? Or are you curious about new dishes and local food from around the world? Then this article is right for you! You will learn how to cook Green Curry, Shrimp Bomb and Stir Fried Sweet and Sour Sauce, explained to you by Ja Day, ... Read more

Wednesday
17 May 2017
China

The Tibetan regions around Chengdu in China provide an amazing insight into the lives in Tibetan villages - their food, the architecture, the dances and music and the way they live. A good way to get close and personal with this experience is to live... Read more

Thursday
27 Apr 2017
Romania

Romania's heritage is packed with beautiful nature, small hamlets, old traditions and culture. It's a country of unique discoveries and amazing places with hidden treasures. You may never have heard about Padurea Craiului, but it is soon to b... Read more

Wednesday
19 Apr 2017
Gambia

Do you like a good walk? I DO! And I am telling you, Footsteps Eco Lodge in the Gambia is the perfect base for all kind of walks (except those walks in the mountains, then I would have joined Yoga Trek in Nepal!). The lodge is located ... Read more

Friday
24 Mar 2017
Gambia

AFNOW (Abubakarr Siddique Foundation for the Needy and Orphan Welfare) in Gunjur, The Gambia. The organization is locally based, and help those who need it the most. It is always a pleasure to visit and support local organizations in the communiti... Read more

Friday
17 Mar 2017
Ukraine

In Kiev, Ukraine you can meet two sisters Lesya and julia who will teach you how to paint eggs like the locals do, or "pysanka" as it is called in Ukraine. A great experienced that includes a delicious homemade lunch! Welcome home to Lesya ... Read more

Thursday
16 Mar 2017
Nepal

This is an absolute must when you are visiting Kathmandu. Join Sakuntala Rokka and learn how to cook like a local! She will take you though the whole process from shopping at the market, explaining the ingredients and show you how they are used in th... Read more

Tuesday
14 Mar 2017
Norway

Imagine the streets covered in white, the cold crispy air and you warm dressed and ready to explore the Winter Magic in Oslo! The capital of Norway is the perfect place to visit if you want to combine city-life and winter activities. It is easy acces... Read more

Wednesday
22 Feb 2017
India

Cheruthuruthy is a town along River Nila in Kerala, India. Here we visit Khadi Weaving Center. River Nila connects many small societies along the river, each with a story, culture and traditions that are still kept alive. Khadi is one of many places.... Read more

Friday
17 Feb 2017
Gambia

It is something about looking each direction on a beach and you are alone! Gunjur Beach is one of the deserted beaches of the Gambia. Let us enjoy a peaceful day…  and yes, it is possible! The Gambia is known for its good climate, frie... Read more

Monday
30 Jan 2017
Gambia

Gambia just made history. 22 years under one leader (YahyaJammeh) and the citizens late last year voted for change. It took a little effort, but the transition of power has now happened peacefully with the help of dialogue with other West African Cou... Read more

Saturday
28 Jan 2017
Gambia

The best insight to a village is to explore it with a local person. Serani Darboe has been a local guide in Gunjur for more than a decade, working with Footsteps Eco Lodge. Gunjur is one of the largest villages in The Gambia. Yet, it doesn’t... Read more

Tuesday
17 Jan 2017
Nepal

 Would you like to enjoy a cup of freshly brewed organic coffee at the foot of the Himalayas in Nepal? My friend asked me. - It is, of course, locally sourced and prepared in front of you. He continued. - YES, please! I replied and instant... Read more

Tuesday
03 Jan 2017
Thailand

At Ethical Travel Portal we love local markets! And that also include the market in Kuraburi, Thailand. Enjoy the local atmosphere over a nice cup of local coffee. When you are visiting a new place, it is always worth to get up a little bit earlie... Read more

Thursday
15 Dec 2016
India

River Nila connects culture and traditions. It is a river many people have a passion for; locals and travelers. The nostalgic feeling follows from community to community located on the riverside. There are a lot of activities to be done along the ... Read more

Thursday
24 Nov 2016
Ukraine

One of our hiking guides is Bogdan Matkovsky. His passion for the Carpathians made him start guiding as a professional this year! To reach new peaks in the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine our hiking guide Bogdan Matkovsky will help you out. With a... Read more

Wednesday
19 Oct 2016
India

In a corner of India, we find Uttarakhand, a state in Northern India, and the village Karmi. The state has many holy Hindu temples and is a pilgrimage centre. It is also one of the gateways to Himalaya, and you can fine beautiful trekking trails for ... Read more

Tuesday
18 Oct 2016
Romania

Jeanett travelled in September 2016 with Ethical Travel Portal to the Apusenimountains in Romania to travel back in time. During her four days there, she hiked, painted eggs, cooked local food, did some pottery, hunted trouffles, canoed, sw... Read more

Wednesday
12 Oct 2016
Nepal

Ready to discover some hidden spots of the Kathmandu valley? This trip takes you off the beaten track to meet the locals on the only day off during the week; Saturday. I (Tiphaine Texier) was lucky to be part of the experience to see how lifestyle ch... Read more

Tuesday
04 Oct 2016
Nepal

Tiphaine Texier reports: I was very happy when I got an opportunity to spend four days in a remote village nearby the Tibetan border. At first I felt excited, then terribly uncertain and full of doubts, then excited again. A kind of emotional roller ... Read more

Monday
05 Sep 2016

Travel is about discovering new places and meeting new people. We urge our travelers to be responsible tourists and act accordingly. When visiting a destination, a traveler should be concerned about the protection and preservation of places, cultures... Read more

Thursday
01 Sep 2016

1 The Experience Back to the roots and off the beaten tracks. Most of our holidays take you off the beaten track and give you an insight into local people's heritage and the culture and daily life of the community that you are visiting. I... Read more

Thursday
11 Aug 2016
Thailand

Lets go to Thailand and visit Ban Tale Nok, a small rural village only a couple of hours north from Phuket and Khao Lak. It is time for a family engaging experience! Many families go on a holiday to Thailand. But do they really experience the real... Read more

Monday
01 Aug 2016

Wondering why there are so few prices on our website? It is because our trips are tailor made specially for you. It has taken a long time to develop the network of dedicated partners and excellent local experiences in our destinations. What you will ... Read more

Tuesday
12 Jul 2016
Nepal

Tiphaine Texier reports; For the end of 2013, I have tested THE type of adventure that many people come to Nepal to experience: trekking. 12 days in the mountains, with not much connection to the outside world (even if more and more places have Wifi,... Read more

Sunday
10 Jan 2016
Nepal

Meet ETP´s ambassador Juliane Josephsen, founder of Nordvestpassasjen. Juliane went on our theme-based fair trade trip to Nepal last November. We gave her access to our Facebook page so she could post photos on a daily basis thro... Read more

Saturday
19 Dec 2015
Gambia

Lamin Bojang decided a few years back that he wanted to build a village museum. He want to protect the history, culture, artifacts and nature for the next generation to come. Five years into his plan, it is now not long and he will open Gunjurs only ... Read more

Tuesday
15 Dec 2015
Gambia

This is a local experiences that you didn't even know existed! Meet musician and storyteller Alagi Mbye and his music school in The Gambia. A fascinating person, with a good heart! Alagi was introduced to Ethical Travel Portal just before our ... Read more

Sunday
13 Sep 2015

Do you want to get more out of you holiday? A good tip when you travel is to learn a few phrases in the local language. It will certainly enrich your holiday, even if we are only talking about a few words. Many places Ethical Travel Portal visit Engl... Read more

Friday
18 Oct 2013
Gambia

I have had a few portions of domada, the national dish of Gambia. Most of the times it has been served to me. A few times I have enjoyed Ida Cham´s homecooking class with our travelers like with the organization Heartlift when they have travele... Read more

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