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LowImpactGuide - the first 100% sustainable travel guide

Including CO2-efficient sightseeing routes, eco-friendly accommodation, restaurants, shops, LowImpactTipps & more!

LowImpactGuide - the first 100% sustainable travel guide

Including CO2-efficient sightseeing routes, eco-friendly accommodation, restaurants, shops, LowImpactTipps & more!

€2,362
pledged of €10,500pledged of €10,500 goal
45
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 31 2019 7:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 31, 2019

About

LowImpactGuide is the first travel guide including only sustainable & eco-friendly content.

You like experiencing new places outside of mass-tourism?
You would rather support small, family-owned businesses that protect our environment?
Food is important to you, and you only want to try the best quality possible?
Then our guides are for you!

Whether you need to find eco-friendly accommodation, restaurants, shopping opportunities or more – it’s all in there, no matter where you are.

One big highlight of the LowImpactGuides is our self-calculated CO2-efficient sightseeing-route which combines all the important monuments and must-sees into a route that you can follow. This route minimizes your carbon-footprint as well as time-investment and makes exploring new places more fun for you & our planet.
And all that, without needing any extra apps or resources!

Simply use the interactive links in our travel guides to utilize your native smartphone apps like “Google Maps” or your browser for navigation and additional insights.
The LowImpactGuide is optimized for mobile device usage and soon will be backed by a smartphone app to support the usability. This ensures that you get the best experience when using a LowImpactGuide – the only thing missing now is your financial support to make this goal a reality!

Another plus is, that you won’t have to do extensive research before your vacation - we have already gathered the best eco-friendly places in town for you.
No more need for endless searching on the internet prior to arrival!

With our travel guides there is no need to compromise on fun, while saving the planet. This is the future – help us spread the word!

We all enjoy exploring new places and making memories while breaking out of our everyday surroundings. What we often forget is, that travelling to far-away countries can have a huge impact on our environment and future.

But why is it important to think about this issue?
The leading scientists & environmentalists of this world have all agreed on one thing: if we don’t change the way we live in this modern world of today, we are going to have a huge problem in about 12 years time.
Glaciers are melting, sea levels, as well as temperatures, are rising and whole countries are put at risk of either suffering extreme droughts or being flooded entirely. That will result in huge refugee streams to those areas, that still have livable conditions.

But this is only one of the problems to be faced, when we reach global temperature increases of above 2°C in 12 years.

But, scientists also agree that we still have time to turn things around if we work together. If every single individual changed his/her behavior and demanded the politicians and corporations to follow suit – we can avert this scenario from happening.

And I’m here to tell you that it’s definitely still possible, to visit new destinations with a good conscience.

A short excerpt of ways to reduce your impact: 

- Whenever possible, choose other means of transportation than airplanes.

- If you choose to fly, buy an economy-ticket – not business or first class.

- Many countries have great tab water quality – so there is no need to buy bottled water and produce plastic waste. Simply bring your own reusable bottle.

- Taking the bike to do sightseeing is becoming more and more popular. Haven’t tried that yet? It’s about time!

If you want to get all the tips, tricks and relevant insights on how to travel more consciously – you’re at the right Kickstarter-campaign!

I don’t want to smash out a marketing campaign here, it’s pretty simple:
If you believe in your power to have a positive impact on the climate crisis, plastic pollution and giving back to mother earth – this is your chance to be part of the movement: consider buying yourself a LowImpactGuide!

We all don’t want to miss out on the fun of travelling and we shouldn’t have to. 

By buying a LowImpactGuide you'll support green, socially- & ethically responsible businesses, family owned shops as well as local communities - without compromising on enjoying yourself to the fullest. On top of the regular travel-guide content you know already, you'll be getting exclusive content that no other company provides!
Also, with buying a LowImpactGuide you’ll be setting an example for big corporations and politicians to get on the bandwagon and finally start making change. We must get everyone on board and by supporting ecoconscious causes like us, you’ll be helping to do just that.
With your financial support we will be able to revolutionize the travel-guide market and provide eco-friendly city-guides for every city in the world. And the cherry on top is the versatile smartphone-app that will ensure usability of our products at the highest level. If you want to help us make this dream a reality – please support us!

Did we mention that our kick-ass rewards are a good reason to buy a LowImpactGuide too?
The normal retail price for one of our travel guides will be €9,99 - on Kickstarter you can save a decent amount and be the first to hold this innovative product in your hands.
Regular travel guides can cost between 10€ -30€, I want to make this eco-friendly product as readily available to the world as possible. This also means not making it more expensive than it has to be. 

With one of our pledges, you can even get a 1-on-1 coaching session with me, where we talk about all things sustainable travel - tailored to your needs & wishes for your future travel-experiences!

If you are still sceptical, with under 10€ you haven’t lost much if you buy one and don’t like it – but you will have gained a lot if you do! 

Currently we can offer our supporters LowImpactGuides for Vienna, Copenhagen, Rome & London.
We have enabled stretch-goals on our campaign, meaning that if we can target higher financing-amounts we will be able to provide you with more guides as well as the interactive smartphone-app rather sooner than later. The more funds we can raise, the faster we can provide you with what you want!

To enable the fifth LowImpactGuide of choice, we have to hit the stretch-goal of $11.500.

To enable the sixth LowImpactGuide, we must hit the stretch-goal of $13.000.

If we can hit the goal of $15.000, we’ll be able to provide two more guides.

Everything over $15.000 will flow directly into our smartphone-app funds!

The future destinations for our stretch-goals will be decided through your voting. We will provide you with cities to choose from and the highest ranked destinations will make the cut! 

After the campaign you can choose which LowImpactGuide you would like to have through a custom-survey provided by us. 

The LowImpactGuide is your product. I’m a big advocate of letting you decide what content you wish for and which destinations you want to buy in the future. So, whoever supports us on Kickstarter or Patreon will be able take part in our monthly voting process and with that get co-determination rights.

As mentioned before, in our campaign I also want you, our customers, to decide which future cities you want us to realize. You will also get the right to vote for your favourite front-page picture for every new destination.

But, probably one of the biggest perks is your co-determination right when it comes to our future app. Who else would know best what you want & need, if not you?  If you support us on on Kickstarter or Patreon you can help us make the best travel app ever!

Furthermore, through your extensive feedback we can constantly improve our product and include content that you wish for.

My name is Maiken Greimel and I have always wanted to be self-employed. While working in different industries and positions for the last few years, I developed a sustainable lifestyle in my private life which I desperately wanted to expand to my business life. I was lucky enough to have the idea to the LowImpactGuides a few months ago and here we are!

The idea for the LowImpactGuide evolved, when I was planning a future trip to visit a friend in Copenhagen. Since I was trying to maintain an eco-friendly lifestyle in my private life, I wanted to explore the beautiful Danish capital in a sustainable manner too.

Swallowed by endless web-content claiming to have extensive information on sustainable places to sleep, eat and visit – I realized, that a comprehensive guide on sustainable travel in cities was still missing in this world.

Right there and then, the idea for the LowImpactGuide was born.

We should not have to invest hours & hours to obtain useful information on ecoconscious travel options. That’s what the LowImpactGuide is going to give you, within seconds. 

I strongly believe that every single one of us can live more sustainably without stopping to enjoy life to the fullest.

Being 24 years old now, I am happy to give something back to this world by producing eco-friendly products and donating 1% of all sales via “1% for the planet” starting early 2020.

I’m also a very passionate activist for environmental- as well as animal rights issues both on- and offline.
If you want to find out more about me and my passion projects, this is where you can find me:

                      Instagram: maiken.greimel
                      Patreon: HashtagLowImpact – Maiken Greimel

In the past few month I had a few hurdles to overcome, since I am currently a one-woman-business. A few tasks had to be outsourced to more qualified people - one being talented Thorben Pollerhof, who helped me film and edit the Kickstarter-Movie. Furthermore a special "thank you" goes out to my beloved sister, Nina Greimel, who helped me with PR and Marketing in the last few weeks. 

Reaching enough people to fund the project is the main obstacle we currently face. The product is completely new on the market and therefore basically no one has done advertising for this niche before. 

The LowImpactGuide tackles problem areas that have not yet been discussed by other companies through their travel guides, which makes our product unique and in some ways groundbreaking. 

We are investing time and money into advertising to our target audience as well as building alliances & cooperations with people and brands that help us move forward. Many people have already supported our cause through social media and with you as our support team nothing can stop us!

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