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Spiti – the Hidden Valley

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]September 01, 2013 Spiti is perfect as a family holiday, and the best time to travel is during the summer break in Europe. Here is Anne Marie Davies reflection on their trip, travelling as a family with her two daughters aged 5 and 7 years old. Spiti is located in Himachal Pradesh, a state in Northern in India. Spiti is part of the Himalayas, the youngest mountain range on the planet. Not...

Enrich your holiday – learn the local language!

September 13, 2015 Do you want to get more out of your holiday? A good tip for when you travel is to learn a few phrases of the local language. By doing this it will enrich your experience, even if you only learn to speak a few words. Many places which Ethical Travel Portal visit, English is not commonly spoken. At least not among the elders, so a few phrases are always...

Folk Music with Ioan Pop from Maramures in Romania

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]December 05, 2013 Whilst we were in Maramures the North-Western part of Romania we met the incredible Ioan Pop. Ioan is a resident to an area with many villages home to century-old traditions. Maramures has a fascinating rural culture preserving the crafts and skills from their Dacian ancestors. After meeting Ioan we discovered that his name is associated with the captivating authentic Romanian folklore. Later we stayed at the guesthouse belonging to...

An Enticing Six Day Norwegian Experience

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This year between March-April I travelled around Norway for six days, following a work trip to other areas of Europe. I visited Tromsø also known as the gateway to the artic and the Lofoten Islands. Which included stops in the Trollfjord, Svolvær, and Reine. Prior to my trip, I was in contact with Ingrid from Ethical Travel Portal. I couldn’t have asked for more responsiveness! I’m very detailed orientated and...

Norwegian Country Women in India

Anne Marie a former intern of Ethical Travel Portal, spent time interning with us and our partner gaining a fruitful experience in India. One of the highlights of her experience was leading a journey in India. From a guide’s perspective, here is the account of Anne Marie’s experience leading her group. Last week I was on a journey around South India with a group of sporty ladies from the Norwegian countryside....

My first meeting with a bear

I love adventures in real life. Experiences beyond the expected. Those experiences that come along the way. I was very happy about the program, before the departure of the “GirlsWeekend” to Brasov hosted by Ethical Travel Portal. The tempting and authentic hiking from village to village, a professional painting workshop, free time in charming Brasov and at last a visit to Bran Castle better known as Dracula’s Castle. But, at the...

Amazing autumn experiences in Karasjok, Northern Norway

Located in Norway’s largest National Park, Finnmarksvidda, you will find Karasjok. A fascinating Northern village that invites you to get to know more about how people live in this part of Norway, off the beaten track. Recently, I spent a couple of beautiful autumn days among gorgeous huskies, charming people and beautiful nature in Karasjok.   Karasjok, being the headquarter of the Sami people it is quite mandatory to get to know...

The Carpathians in Ukraine- where traditions are still alive

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Miriam Jøms reports: I’m from Norway and used to the mountains, that’s 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 Lviv by train was less than four hours and I immediately fell asleep with my back towards the two young girls who were travelling in the same compartment.  I thought they maybe...

Lviv- a place you want to stay longer

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Lviv made me start dreaming. About the past, present and the future. After some days in Kiev was I delighted to finally find a smaller city, where you actually are able to get around on your own feet. The best way to get to Lviv from Kiev is by train, either an overnight journey, as I did, or do express during the daytime. It takes around six hours. I was...

A Small Taste of Ukraine

I am embarrassed to say that I hardly knew anything about Europe's second-biggest country Ukraine before I went there at the end of September. Ethical Travel Portal’s goal is to create a journey for our travellers that are somewhat different and this one was certainly an experience!   I started to work for Ethical Travel Portal this summer and was excited to get the opportunity to experience Ukraine. Part of this trip was...