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Savvy Tips You Should Know

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the number of travelers will nearly double to 7.2 billion passengers by 2035. And the collective spend by travelers will be in the trillion dollar range. In 2017, Americans spent $1 trillion traveling. Imagine if we spend this amount on purposeful and positive impact filled travel activities. Talk about voting with our trillion bucks!

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Consider traveling and volunteering at the same time. We are strong proponents of volunteering because we find this is a more culturally enriching experience and your time and expertise can make a meaningful impact in local communities and economies. Look out for volunteer farming opportunities with organic, permaculture or regenerative farmers.

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A few favorite ways to buy sustainable gear:

  • Brand named hotel → Social impact hotel
  • Popular travel sites → Sustainable Travel Sites (Travara.com & Sustainable.org)
  • Heavy tourist site → Hire a local sustainable travel guide to take in a respectful way to less traveled sites

lingo to know

  • EcoLodge - accommodations in natural environments that help give jobs, training, and protect & restore resources.
  • Sustainable Travel - traveling in a way that impacts positively on the local environment, society and economy.
  • Overtourism — tourism with heavy tourist traffic that ends up depleting the natural beauty and culture of the area, leaving a ghost of the original place for locals to live in.
  • Campsite Rule - leave the person or places you visited or encountered in the same state or better than when you initially visited. It also means packing out your own trash, which in this case means waste and footprint.

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How Do You Travel Sustainably?

When we travel to another place, it can feel immensely freeing, like we left our tattered, worn soul behind. Traveling to a new city, seeing new markets, and walking among new communities can give us an opportunity to feel reenergized. But recently, it seems there has been quite a bit of smack talk about the negative impacts of traveling, such as carbon emissions spewing from air travel, increased resource use, and exploitation of native communities. In 2019, globally, we took over 40 million air flights. So, we don’t negate these stats and we support reducing air flights when possible. Instead, let’s focus on the different sustainable choices people can take when traveling. There are real opportunities to positively impact every aspect of our lives. What we have seen is that one simple shift in our habit leads to more changes, and greater sustainable and social good practices adopted.

To travel sustainably means planning ahead a bit more. For example, if you decided to visit Thailand and wanted to get a sense of the natural beauty of their tropical forests or the majesty of Asian Elephants, seek out socially conscious stays, sustainable tourism outfits, and local cultural and environmentally conscious guides. Some of these accommodations work directly to fight against human trafficking activities, preserve natural habitats, and so much more.


Seek out eateries that grow and cook local and seasonal ingredients. These tend to be yummier and healthier too. Consider traveling and volunteering at the same time. We are strong proponents of volunteering because we find this to be a more culturally enriching experience and your time and expertise can make a meaningful impact on local communities and economies. Look for volunteer farming opportunities with permaculture or regenerative farmers.

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