​To make our trip better and less environmentally harming, we could’ve chosen to stay at a normal hotel. We chose to stay at all inclusive hotel because it makes the vacation easy so we don't need to focus on where we’re going or how much our food will cost. But it would be better if we had stayed at a hotel where we would need to order our food from different restaurants every night. This would generate money the local city and to the country. We would probably have to pay a bit more by going on a vacation in that way but on the other hand we would have the opportunity to test food from the local restaurants.

Actually, we did look up if we could had take the car to Gran Canaria. We realised that it would take 66 hours with car and boat included. This is not an unreasonable alternative because the aircraft will go anyways and it will take to much time and cost to much money. If we would take the car and if all people did think like this it would release very much carbon dioxid, but maybe it would be better than all aircrafts that lifts every minute. If our vacation where in the summer, we could had went to a country closer. Like Italy or France and we could had take the car down. It would been better for both the environment and our economy. But since we wanted to go to a warm country and it is in the middle of the winter we didn`t have a choise.

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Environment

Vacations like our one will always damage the environment a bit, at least until we invent new travel solutions. The flight, the food and our way of using water will have the most impact on the climate. The aircraft is going to release 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide which is quite much for just a vacation and as much as driving to Stockholm from Halmstad with car 27 times. Trips like this one will affect the greenhouse effect slowly in the short term. But we, humans have done trips like our one in the long term now and we’ve already seen some of the consequences that’s about to come if we continue living like we do.

The climate will also take damage while we are in Gran Canaria but it’s not ourselves, indirect that will make that damage. By staying at an all inclusive hotel you are a part of the hotel climate influences. All inclusive hotels wastes a lot of food which will result in an increased greenhouse effect by burning it. But it can also result in a good cause. You can extract the energy from the food and use it as fuel for vehicles or use the nutrients in the food and replace it with fertilizers which is very bad for the environment. The company we are travelling with doesn’t write anything about organic or locally made food which means that the food probably have been shipped from different places all over the world. Since it’s a volcano island the food have to be shipped there, either by boat or plane which isn’t environmentally friendly.

It requires a lot of resources to produce all the food to the hotel in form of example water and breeding the animals. Cows and sheeps are releasing a lots of methane gas which is 23 times worse than carbon dioxide in an environmentally perspective. The animals manure, feed and their feces are also bad for the environment.

We won’t do that many activities on the vacation except driving a moped from the hotel to the volcano on Gran Canaria. When doing that carbon dioxide will be released and the greenhouse effect will be increased.

We are conscious that our mopedtrip also will affect the nature and the animallife there. We will be careful and make sure that we leave all the places as it was when we come. We will also be careful so the animals don`t take that much damage. One important thing is to make sure that we throw our trash in trashcans. We are not sure how the animals live there or if there is any nature reserve but we will follow all the rules.


Social conditions

We will take the train from Halmstad to Copenhagen, the people that work on trains and for example SJ have good working conditions and a good salary. We don't know which airline we are going to fly with because it’s Ving that fixes that. We haven't heard that people that work on airlines got bad bad working conditions. We are going to take the bus from the airport in Gran canaria to the hotel. We are not sure if the busdriver have got a good salary or good working conditions at all and it's hard to look it up. It would be better for the social conditions if we would rent a car on Gran canaria and the workers would probably have better working conditions. But if you look at it from the environment perspective it's much better to take the bus since it can take more people. We will stay at the hotel most of the time and we aren't in need of a car. It would cost more money and carbon dioxide would be released.

Our trip is booked with Ving, a travel company that arranges many trips to different countries. Ving has following guidelines within social conditions: working conditions, child labor, environment and childsex tourism. Ving educates workers at the hotel after this points. Vings hotels and trips are examined by “Travelife” which is an independent organisation that works for a good travel life. We think that Ving sounds like a serious travel company that care about it’s workers. But we are conscious and know that some hotels make their workers work under bad circumstances with a low salary, maybe the hotel that we are going to stay at has some bad sides that are hidden. We also know that all inclusive hotels don’t generates money the country or the state at all. All inclusive hotels makes the people stay at the hotel most of the time and don't visit the city or tourist shops. It can be both good and bad for the indigenous people, it can be good and boring if the tourists stays at the hotel all the time. The local markets can`t take part of the money from the tourists at all. We chose to travel with Ving and stay at an all inclusive hotel because that means that we just can relax and don't care about more than ourselves. We will also know exactly how much the trip will cost and it will not appear any unexpected costs.

Political status

The islands is ruled by the spanish socialist party so it’s a part of Spain, the type of regime there has evolved from dictatorship to democracy since 1975 and some regions are ruled by autonomy for some extant. Spain has 17 autonomous regions, one of them is Canary islands’ region. Which means that it has its own terms and political circumstances. But it’s although a part of Spain which is currently facing a real political problems because of some corruption scandals between two of the biggest parties in the country. There are also lots of conflicts between the central government in Madrid and regional government in Barcelona, which pushed Catalonia to break a part of Spain to become an independent state.

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Vacation

We have decided to go on a vacation in January next year. We’re really tired of the weather Halmstad is delivering at the moment. It is rainy and cold. We are travelling to Gran Canaria and we are going to stay at a hotel called Sentido Princess where we have chosen to have the all inclusive pack. We will take it easy for the most during the holiday but of course we’ll be sunbathing and swimming in the ocean every day. Gran Canaria is a vulcano island and we’ll definitely go see the vulcano. Maybe with a rented moped? There’s also a festival around the whole island when we’re there which we’ll check out.


                                                              Here is out budget for the trip:

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Here is our budget at the moment!

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Hello, my name is Lina and let me introduce myself.

I am 22 years old and I am still studying at the university of Halmstad, hoping that I’ll be an engineer in the future. I’m sharing a flat with my partner, Anders as you might already know and hopefully my future husband. We’ve moved here since we decided to live together, temporarily until we find our dream apartment and have the ability of owning it. I have many hobbies such as fishing and working out but my favorite one is reading books.

My family consists of my little brother and my divorced parents. My little brother is 17 years old and attends the gymnasium. My goal is to become an engineer and earning money so we can travel as much as possible. 

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Hello! My name is Anders, I’m 25 years old and I work as carpenter. I live with my partner Lina, who is 22 years old in an apartment. I was born and raised in city a called Malmö but since I found a job and an apartment in Halmstad I decided to move there. On my leisure, I like working out, hanging out with friends, family and watching football. I have two siblings, one brother who is 27 and one sister who is 23.

I have many dreams, one of them is to marry my partner, Lina. I also want to buy an new apartment closer to the city and a new comfortable car. I would also like to travel and visit other countries together with my love. It would also be a chance for us to explore new things such as different activities that we’re not used to do.

// Anders :)

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