For many of us travel is all about the adventure. We desire a change of pace, to explore new places while learning more about ourselves. On our return we hope to have gained greater perspective. However, by being mindful as we travel we can further enrich our experience.
Sustainable travel is just as much about respect as it is about our habitual choices. Our choices have a direct impact on the environment. As travellers we seek experiences that will enrich our lives. Yet in doing so we must not forget that we are only visitors.
While our travel bug beckons us on to the next adventure we need to ensure that we leave every place as we found it. So that like-minded nomads can continue to explore these places for centuries to come.
Here’s a few ways in which we can be mindful while we travel:
When it comes to preserving environments we can simply start by not leaving anything behind. Each of us individually only has a seemingly small impact. However, collectively we can shape the future of our environment and make that future positive.
Sustainable travel is all about making simple choices. These choices add up to positive change. Actions such as not littering and respecting local conservation rules are a great place to start.
Animals are often a main attraction for many travellers. In many parts of the world wildlife is naturally integrated into the culture. A particular understanding of animal behaviour is the norm.
As visitors we have to respect the natural rhythm of local life. This includes respecting the wildlife that inhabits the places that we visit. We need to be aware of the status quo regarding local wildlife, as well as the potential dangers.
Respecting Local Communities
We travel to learn a little more about ourselves as well as the world around us. A central facet to this is cultural exchange.When we explore new places we are faced with a culture that often differs greatly to our own. These differences aid us and educate us in our own personal journeys.
However, for this cultural exchange to be sustainable it cannot be all about taking. We open ourselves up to greater learning through a pathway of exchange in ideas and customs with others. By respecting and engaging with locals we can aid in the sustainability of communities around the world.
As a global community of travellers we all share a passion for exploration and adventure. We have fallen for the beauty of enriching experiences. As we explore other cultures we have the opportunity to positively impact them.
By keeping sustainable travel in mind we can ensure that the places we love remain protected and maintained. Both our individual and collective choices matter. Together we can continue to have wild adventures while positively impacting the world as we go.