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Fishing for plastic: the Amsterdam canal tour with a difference

A trip with Plastic Whale isn’t about sightseeing. Inspired by the plastics crisis, it offers the chance to help clean the city’s waterways, in a boat made from recycled material

We push off from the quay by Amsterdam’s Westerkerk, leaving the tourist bustle and long, fidgety queue for the Anne Frank house behind us. Our little electric boat heads quietly south down the Keizersgracht canal for a tour of the city. Our guide, Erik, points out the sights: a famous hotel, a secret church, the seven bridges view but we are distracted, focused on the plastic debris that bobs by our boat. As with more than 15,000 people before us, we have jumped on board one of Amsterdam’s most unusual boat trips: a plastic fishing tour of the canals – and we are eager to see what we can find.

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Share your experiences of desert trips for the chance of winning a £200 hotel voucher

Tell us about your desert journeys the world over, whether they were organised excursions or independent adventures

The clarity of light, colours and sense of space that can be found in deserts make for incredibly memorable travel experiences. Whether you’ve camped under Saharan stars with the Bedouin, know a great motel in the Mojave or been off-road in the outback, we want to hear about it. Tell us about organised trips, riding on camels, running adventures, 4WD safaris, ancient sites, hikes and oases.

Send us your recommendations via GuardianWitness (including website, accommodation and prices etc, if possible). You’re welcome to add a photo if you own the copyright to it – but it’s the text we’ll be judging.

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