Many of us travel because it connects us to other cultures and nature, and a different perspective is the secret of creativity. When we return, home is still the same, but something in our hearts and minds have been changed, and that changes everything.
As conscious travellers, we prefer authentic local experiences and a more conscious way to travel with companies that share our values and takes responsibility for their impacts on communities and the environment. We choose ‘homes away from home’ that create joy around being healthy, and provide a ‘good’ standard of comfort, nurturing and wellbeing in a sustainable and regenerative way.
Reto Guntli is visual consultant of NOW and a well-known hotel & lifestyle photographer.
He works for hotels worldwide and has produced more than 50 lifestyle books (TASCHEN, ASSOULINE) worldwide. He is based in Switzerland.
Not too many are capable of bicycling uphill to TAG without accelerated heartbeats. Even those in good shape, might just opt for the next best thing, an electric bike TAG provides. You get there with no sweat and carbon-zero, while using your own energy on the long flat rides through villages and pastures below.
TAG supports many charitable causes and hosts companies and individuals who do good in this world. During my stay, I met Noof Al-Shammary of SEP Jordan Community. Over 500 women artists - refugees in Jordan - who know the traditional art of cross-stitching embroider elegant cashmere and linen garments.
In summer, the pool situated in a magnificent Alpine garden, is a main attraction. Every balcony of the front rooms of TAG has a different view of it. Best time to swim is about 9 am, when you can swim laps on your own.
The rooms at the back have a special magic. Here you are entertained simply by the ring of cowbells and the chirping of birds. There is nothing like having breakfast while blissfully overlooking green pastures, sparsly dotted with farms and chalets climbing up the hillside.
This festive season, and whenever you travel, choose a different way to give.
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