What is sustainable travel?
Sustainable travel has two main aspects: travel that protects the environment, and travel that supports local people and communities.
The travel industry as a whole is wasteful and unsustainable, but it doesn’t have to be. Traveling in an eco-conscious and eco-friendly way can take many forms. Choosing to take public buses or trains instead of short haul flights, carbon offsetting unavoidable long haul flights, researching the ethics of any animal tourism before partaking, and carrying a reusable water bottle are all examples of easy ways we can lessen our impact on the environment in our travels.
As important as it is to protect the planet in our travels, it is equally as important to respect and support local communities. Tourism is a massive source of income for many countries, but all too often the money tourism brings in goes directly to big (and often foreign) companies, rather than to the locals themselves. This, coupled with the rising cost of living mass tourism can inflict on a location plus the effects of globalization often means that tourism causes more harm than good for the locals and communities we visit.
Why is sustainable travel important?
Travel is a life changing experience full of wild adventures, exciting stories, and immense personal growth. This shouldn’t come at the expense of the health of the planet and the well being of the communities we visit. Travel can be just as beneficial for local communities and the planet as it is for the traveler. With a desire to grow and a little education, we can all take the steps necessary to make travel reciprocally beneficial for travelers and locals alike, while also taking better care of this planet that gives us life. It’s essential to keep our planet and our communities healthy, because without them, what’s really the point of traveling?
“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.”
How can I become a sustainable traveler?
Wanting to make a change and seeking out education is the first step, so welcome! Head over to our blog and video pages to learn about all aspects of sustainable travel. Here you’ll also find exciting travel stories, and glimpses into communities and local life around the world.
If you’re planning a trip and don’t know where to begin (or don’t have the time!) we now offer personalized trip planning services. All you have to do is fill out our quick questionnaire to tell us where you want to go, what your budget is, and what your interests are and we do the rest! Our team of travel experts will create a day by day itinerary, just for you. Each itinerary includes multiple options for accommodation, places to eat, and things to do each day, and all of our recommendations focus on supporting eco-friendly businesses, local businesses, and women run businesses, to make it easy for you to have the trip of your dreams in a sustainable way, without the headache of having to plan it yourself. For more information, head over to our Trip Planning Services page.