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AUSSIES LOOKING to do their bit to support sustainable travel can take advantage of a new partnership promising to plant a tree for every trip booked.

Travello Group, a leading provider of youth travel experiences, has joined with Eden Reforestation, a non-profit organisation committed to reforestation and fighting global poverty.

The two organisations have launched the initiative to promote eco-tourism and responsible travel practices while supporting local communities and preserving the environment.

Trips available include reef tours, pontoon tours, skypark cruises and waterfall and rainforest tours.

“At the Travello Group, we understand the importance of eco-tourism and its impact on the world,” said Ryan Hanly, Co-Founder and CEO of Travello Group.

“Travellers are realising that the true beauty of a destination lies not only in its natural wonders and cultural treasures, but also in the impact they have on it.

“As a result, more and more are embracing sustainable travel practices, not just as a responsible choice, but as a way to enhance their travel experiences and leave a positive legacy for generations to come.”

Eden Reforestation is a leader in sustainable reforestation and by planting millions of trees every year it is working to combat the effects of deforestation and poverty in countries such as Madagascar, Ethiopia, Nepal and Indonesia.


A NATURAL hot springs resort is proving to be a big hit, particularly with Aussie travellers.

Alba Wellness Valley is located 30km north-west of Hue city in Vietnam, situated within five hectares of natural landscape.

With an emphasis on supporting both global sustainability and its footprint on local communities and the environment, the property features a 50-room resort for travellers to enjoy alongside locally sourced food in its signature restaurants.

“We are already a big hit with Australians, and we look forward to welcoming more to experience Vietnam for themselves in a sustainable way,” said Ms Dien Pham, Director of Sales and Marketing at Fusion Group.

“We combine tailored all-inclusive ‘wellness programs’ for our guests with culture and authenticity in the historical city of Hue to create the perfect break with relaxation and rejuvenation in mind.”

Australians looking to travel to Vietnam can take advantage of a special offer at Alba Wellness Valley resort that allows guests to book an all-inclusive wellness holiday for at least three nights for only $349 per person.

Rates include full board, a luxury room, cooking class and all spa, Onsen and movement therapies. The offer is valid until December 23, subject to availability.

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APT HAS launched its Japan and South Korea program for 2024, giving guests the opportunity to experience the best of the region on five diverse tours.

Focusing on locally inspired cuisine, culture and history, itineraries include a visit to Naoshima Island, where guests will discover galleries, museums and art installations on Japan’s one-of-a-kind Art Island.

Another unique experience in Japan is a special night of entertainment with a private dinner and drinks hosted by a maiko or geisha in Kyoto.

“Following the success of our 2023 program, which has all but sold out, we are feeling really positive about an equally successful 2024 Japan and South Korea season,” said Brett Lemish, APT Product Manager for Asia.

“With so much demand for the destination, we are predicting our program will sell fast so we urge agents to book their clients early.”

Two new included Freedom of Choice dining options in APT’s South Korea itineraries are a sumptuous meal at the elegant Korea House and an evening at Butcher’s Cut, Seoul’s leading steakhouse.

Guests will traverse both countries by the highest class of rail, travelling in deluxe class on South Korea’s high-speed KTX train and first class on Japan’s famous bullet trains.

Superdeal offers with savings up to $3,400 per couple are available for bookings made by November 30.


TRAVEL WRITER, author and sustainability expert, Nina Karnikowski, is bringing her mindful living skills to the Himalaya this year.

Nina will be leading trekkers on a 15-day adventure for those keen to tap into conscious travel while exploring the Everest region of Nepal.

The author of Go Lightly, How to Travel Without Hurting the Planet and the upcoming travel memoir The Mindful Traveller will offer up insights about reflective writing, mindful photography and deeper connection to place, and lead structured workshops and contemplative walks on the trail.

Trekkers will experience the villages and culture of the Sherpa people, take time to explore the colourful markets of Namche Bazaar and the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region, the famous Thyangboche monastery.

“This trip is for anyone wanting to travel in a way that is as nourishing for the places we visit as they are for us,” says Nina who sits on The Conscious Travel Foundation’s panel of experts.

‘The Mindful Travel in the Himalaya with Nina Karnikowski’ tour runs from October 13 to 27 and includes 14-night’s accommodation in a boutique hotel, private eco-comfort camp and an eco-lodge with most meals included. The tour cost starts from $5,690.