Looking to reduce your carbon footprint? An enlightening trip awaits you in Copenhagen, Visby, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm with Destinations in Design, a luxurious travel service taking vacationers beyond the tour bus to cultures around the world emphasizing sustainability.
Today, Scandinavian cities are a world example of integration in sustainability at all levels: from urban planning to development and architecture. This year, Destinations in Design offers a 12-day Scandinavia and beyond voyage aboard the world’s most luxurious cruise ship, Regent Seven Seas Voyager, to experience city centers, churches, museums and galleries where reducing carbon footprints is the primary goal.
Immerse yourself in cities like Copenhagen, which hosted the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2009, Helsinki, named “World Design Capital of 2012,” and Stockholm, with a long history on environmentalism. Points of interest include visiting a carbon-neutral building inspiring green living, learning what Finnish designers are doing in Alvar Aalto’s wake, and exploring Sweden’s new breed of contemporary designers.
“Getting to know the way other cultures build, design and live gives us the opportunity to distance ourselves momentarily from the micro-picture of our specific world,” says Ana Valladares, Destinations in Design president. “Protecting the planet depends on understanding how it works and how other cultures do it right.”