#OneMoreThing? What can your next hotel do? (Part 2)

Building on my post “What can your next hotel do? (Part 1)” I discuss some more initiatives hotels can perform to have a more positive impact on guests, staff, environment and local community. This list is in no way exhaustive. I fully acknowledge that every item is not practical, or possible, for every establishment. The aim is […]

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#OneMoreThing? What can your next hotel do? (Part 1)

The global hotel industry is huge, quite mind bogglingly huge. Estimates vary wildly from 187,000 to 500,000, if you include formal B&B’s.  This does not include most Airbnb. Also these numbers are  establishments not beds! The potential impact of new standards of what guests expect, or ask for, is massive. Like when the public sector decides […]

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Making your Facebook news feed work for you

As with the rest of the internet I believe Facebook can be used as a force for good, or a force for evil. My Facebook news feed can be, a useful, inspiring source of information, or a depressing place of material adverts and negativity. You have more of a say on what you see than […]

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Coaching helps you to help yourself

I recently spent two days finding out more about coaching and wanted to share this experience.  But what is coaching?  Maybe it’s easier to say what it is not.  It is not; sports coaching, counselling, therapy, navel gazing, self indulgent or new age. What I’m talking about is a person you don’t know, who is […]

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Getting positive about the media

For a number of years I had been subconsciously disengaging with main stream media.  I found it either negative and depressing, or crass and frivolous.  My only option seemed to be to limit my intake. Therefore not really know what is going on.  Not what I wanted. I stumbled across a copy of Positive News […]

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Responding to that question “What do you do?”

“What do you do?” a usually innocent item of small talk, but it can be complicated.  People are expecting a short two or three word answer of your job title, maybe followed with the company or organisation you work for.  Since being self employed, and my engagement with the minimalist movement, I have developed a […]

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From 10 million people to just 55

It’s certainly not every holiday that you get to visit a friend who lives in such a small and inaccessible community.  The tiny community of Quatsino, Vancouver Island, has a year round population of 55.  This grows slightly in summer with tourists and seasonal home owners.  The village comprises of severn kilometres of houses and […]

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A natural & sustainable yoga mat

I have done a bit of yoga here and there over the years, at festivals, tasters, or lunch time sessions at work.  I always liked it but had never got “into it” as a regular habit or practice.  For those who don’t know, yoga is very broadly defined as; “a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a […]

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Sustainable Slow Tourism in Norway

I have just returned from a seven day Norwegian slow tourism floating haven, ticking so many sustainability boxes it was surprising.  The Hertigruen boat company show that even an organisation over 120 years old can embrace high ecological standards at many levels of its business. The Hertigruen boats started in 1893, mainly as cargo ships on […]

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My first minimalist meet up

For those who follow The Minimalists blog you will know about the epic world speaking and book tour Joshua & Ryan embarked on in 2014.  You may not know that the tour was also a catalyst for in person Minimalist meet up groups in many cities around the globe.  The groups meet at regular intervals […]

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