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Karen Simmonds is the founder of the award winning travel concierge Travel Matters and the Make Travel Matter campaign. Having travelled extensively and worked in Germany, France and Portugal, she now lives in London, UK. She loves adventures and  travelling for pleasure as well as work, visiting different places and meeting new partners. She is passionate about building awareness and engagement about how we can travel responsibly and in a sustainable way, sharing good practice with travellers as to how their travel choices and decisions can have a positive impact on the communities they visit. She is a committed and passionate responsible travel ambassador. Karen Simmonds can be followed on LinkedIn  Facebook and Instagram

14 December 2020

Can our global efforts to combat Covid-19 teach us to work collectively with climate change?

Last week, the UK started the vaccination of care workers, front line staff and elderly people across our nation. With many heralding the day of this […]
14 December 2020

5 Edible Self-Made Christmas Gift Ideas

I love making self-made gifts. Be it Christmas, birthdays, or any other occasion. When I was young, I made pottery, sculptures, self-made Christmas decorations, and drew […]
11 December 2020

The most multicultural cities in Europe

If you love discovering different cultures and costumes and are looking for the ultimate multicultural experience within Europe, these four cities are for you! If you […]
11 December 2020

Traditional winter drinks around Europe

With the cold wintery days coming and Christmas and New Year just around the corner, there is nothing like enjoying a nice hot beverage to warm […]
11 December 2020

5 Things You Should Make During Christmas Time

Christmas this year is different. Not only because climate change has taken snow from us, but also because of Covid-19. Families can only meet in a […]
10 December 2020

5 cool ice hotels

Despite the cold weather that winter brings, it certainly has a beautiful side. Glistening white layers of snow and frosted icicles make for wonderful scenery, and […]
10 December 2020

Back on the Piste: Europe’s Prettiest Ski Resorts

Dreaming of the day you can ski again? I’m here to torture you with temptation but believe me, this is an article I never thought I’d […]
10 December 2020

10 Best Christmas Kitchen Gifts

Are you set for Christmas? All gifts readily packed under the Christmas tree? No?! Me neither. Let’s hope this article will save you and give you […]
10 December 2020

Safe Traveller Journey in the new normal

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, today unveils a major new report that recommends global guidelines […]
9 December 2020

A tough time for Alpine ski resorts

This year, the majority of Alpine ski resorts fear a holiday season with no tourists. In an attempt to avoid the increase of Covid-19 cases, Germany, […]
9 December 2020

10 Iconic Cathedrals in Europe

A cathedral is a church that contains the cathedra of a bishop. Churches with the function of “cathedral” are usually specific to those Christian denominations with […]
8 December 2020

Stories matter

Stories, myths and legends can be true or false, they can be used for good or evil. In this age of social media and people skulking […]
7 December 2020

Suspending ineffective quarantine measures to save the winter tourism season

In line with new guidelines published by EASA and ECDC on testing and quarantine measures, members of NET (Network for the European Private Sector in Tourism) […]
7 December 2020

One step towards the TEE 2.0: New night trains will connect Europe in 2021

Several new cross-border night trains will connect some European countries. The railway companies from Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland are currently planning to launch the new […]
7 December 2020

These are the best steak restaurants in the world and two of them are in Belgium

Anno 2020, steaks are a bit controversial. Of course, some people absolutely love them. Man has been eating meat for quite some time now – this […]
4 December 2020

Global fashion industry worth $2.5 trillion forecast to lose 90% of profits

According to a new report released by McKinsey Company and the Business Of Fashion (BoF), the global fashion industry, worth 2.5 trillion dollars, is forecast to […]
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