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Cushioning the Blow

In short-stay accommodation, cushions are a big deal. They’re everywhere: on the lounge chair, on the beds, maybe even on the floor of your stay. Some hosts prefer them plumped, some chopped. And I have some bad news for you: they are problematic for the environment. Let’s look at the inside first – because that’s […]

Earth Overshoot Day and the consumption of setting up a stay

Have you heard of Earth Overshoot Day? It’s a day marked each year when humanity has used all the biological resources that Earth regenerates during the entire year. In other words, Earth Overshoot Day is when our consumption has exceeded the ability of the Earth to replenish itself. In 2022, Earth Overshoot Day was alarmingly […]

Curating a Beautiful Home with Pre-loved Treasures

Curate a beautiful home using pre-loved pieces, and you’ll save more than dollars. I firmly believe you’ll also get a better result: for the environment and for the spaces you curate. Australia’s obsession with interiors comes at a cost. A recent furniture rubbish survey found the Greater Sydney region can generate as much as 48,000 […]

REVIEW: Life Unhurried

Life Unhurried is a book that – through the profiling of a selection of slow and sustainable stays across Australia – celebrates and explores the need to slow down in a world obsessed with busyness, efficiency, achievement and instant gratification. The authors, Celeste Mitchell (our former HWH podcast guest), Katie Gannon and Krista Eppelstun present […]

REVIEW: Cheeky Squirt Bum Wipes

Dear reader — make yourself comfortable as we’re about to become rather intimately acquainted. You see, we need to broach the rather touchy topic of your bottom and mine, as this is a sensitive issue that affects us all. It has come to my attention that a certain cohort regularly wipes themselves with wet wipes […]

Why Sustainable Tourism?

So now that we know what sustainable tourism is, let’s take a look at the why. From bushfires to floods and damaging storms, we are already experiencing the devastating consequences of climate change. This has been a wake-up call for everyone, from individuals to whole industries. And like other sectors of the economy, the travel industry needs to do its part.

ROI – How will being a HWH Listed Member get me bookings?

One of the questions I’ve been getting from hosts considering joining the Hosting With Heart website as a Listed Member is ‘How will being a Listed Member get me bookings?’.  As a newly evolving holiday property directory, Hosting With Heart is going up against some very big players with very deep pockets – Airbnb, Booking.com, […]