Who Am I ?
To start, I am Léa, half-dreamer, half-human. I am working and studying in the tourism industry since three years now : I am currently completing a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Tourism in France to get a professional degree as Travel Designer in Ecotourism. Here find my resume (:
During the two last years, I have been in different countries for training and working. I went in Greece to accompany and guide a group of four on the Small Cyclades (Santorini & Naxos) during a internship with NoFootPrint.
I went also in Netherlands to rent bicycles and respond to reviews on TripAdvisor for the Black Bikes Amsterdam Rental.
In Belgium, I was in charge of doing an online survey and market study for Brussels Sightjogging and I also accompagnied clients during tours then and I used to take pictures for social media.
Thus I stay another month in Costa Rica in Casa de Lis, where my mission was to do a social media marketing plan for the hostel.
Finally, I stayed in France and analyze the guided tours customer satisfaction for the Tourist Office of Bayonne (Basque Country, France).
I traveled too by myself for leisure : I have been in Scotland in roadtrip with a friend during one month : we started by Edinburg and then we stopped in Glasgow, Isle of Skye (Broadford, Uig, Kilt Rock, Portree, Armadale), Inverness, the Loch Ness, Aviemore, Ballater, Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Durshademuir/Glamis and Perth at the end.
We also went in roadtrip in Wales : during two weeks we visited Cardiff, Tenby, Saundersfoot, Fishguard, Newport (Dinas Head, Pentre Ifan), Machynlleth, Dolgellau, Porthmadog, Nefyn, Anglesey Island (Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Newborough, Rhosneigr, Moelfre), Llanberis, Snowdon Mont (where we did the Miner’s Track), Beddgelert, Barmouth & Penderyn near the Beacon Brecons National Park.
During this two long roadtrips, we always hitchhiked, took public transport and most of the time we camped with our wonderful two and half persons tent. And it worked perfectly. When hitchhiking, we only used to wait less than a couple of hours. Sometimes we just had the time to put our tumbs up before seeing a car stopping for us. We have been hosted by locals twice thanks to Couchsurfing and once by meeting in the street a sweet lady (Trish) in Broadford when we got lost. We always tried to buy local food, and to avoid waste and plastic consumption.
Through all these countries I enjoyed, from the UK to Italy, from the little place of Cuijk in Netherlands where my ancestors used to live centuries ago to Hydra in Greece where only donkeys are authorized for transport, I was bitten by travel bug. Staying in the middle of the nature, meeting locals during our roadtrip, sharing stories with them, to me it was the best experience ever. It gave me the desire to always travel that way, connected with a wild and preserved nature and with its authentic population.
My vision of life :
My real goal is to live in a healthy, ethic and fair world. Some people will say it is impossible, that I am deluded, believing in pipe dreams. At least, I am optimistic and a deep believer. According to my lifestyle, I like to travel as sustainable as possible. That general idea includes other concepts : responsible travel, fair travel, eco travel, green travel, solidarity travel, ethic travel… They are several ways to travel without following the pattern of usual tourism : the mass tourism.
Since my childhood, I like to understand and learn about the culture and traditions of old and new civilisations : Sumer, Akkad kingdom, Egyptian dynasties, Greek culture, Roman empire, mongol conquests, Mesoamerican history, Prehistoric times etc.
The beauty of each civilisation is to know how they were able to built a society, with a specific social ladder, religion, family composition, knowledge, rituals, mythology… and of course, to understand how and why they disappeared, keeping in mind that nowadays our civilisation and ways of life have roots in the past. Learning how it worked before will allow us to understand how the future could be.
Why This Blog ?
I want to give visibility to sustainable activities, accomodations and transportations. I will promote the website of a sustainable or eco-hotel instead of an OTA’s website like Booking, because OTAs take huge fees from hotels, B&B and guesthouses : directly promoting these accomotions permits them to earn more money and maybe to develop sustainable strategies for the future.
I will always also give you several choices of activities. My goal is not to do favoritism but to offer different sustainable local agencies. Not all of the companies that I will present will be totally sustainable but they should be enough eco-friendly and respectful of the local communities’ well-being.
My purpose is also to promote an accessible sustainable tourism : all of us should be able to travel sustainably, whatever our economic situation, our age or our physical conditions.
A Blog and What ?
I would like to participate at a bigger mission than just writing words online, sharing good thoughts and talking without acting properly.
Who Help Me ?
All the pictures entitled @Photo Léa van Cuyck are from me, the others are from friends or family members. Thanks to them, I am able to illustrate destination that I do not visit yet.