17 Tips for a Sustainable Travel

Updated: Oct 14, 2018

The essence of travel is the culmination of experiences and the stories that we tell because of those experiences. One can argue that travel is a Human Desire for Exploration which can Lead to Discovery. Discovering new cultures, news ways of doing things, learning and to live, discovering gastronomic delights, lifestyles, nature, artistic expressions but most importantly finding ourselves and the essence of our own being. As Michael Crichton described it, “Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am... Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routines... you are forced into direct experience [which] inevitably makes you aware of who it is that is having the experience.” Throughout history, humankind has shared an innate trait – the desire to explore and travel. “Prehistoric men and women may have stood curiously at the opening to caves and wondered what was over the next hill,” states Bob Granath. Centuries later, as flying became more popular and commonplace, the nature of the air travel experience began to change. Flying is no longer a novelty or an adventure; it has become a necessity, a necessity that gives traveling a whole new meaning which is not just about exploring but to immerse ourselves into other cultures as the world become more globalized and interconnected; multicultural exposure or experience can even enhance creativity.

The United Nations designated 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development—an opportunity to raise global awareness about how responsible tourism can act as a vehicle for positive change. As traveling become more and more easier the tourism industry has drastically boomed. Also, as our planet is facing major changes and threats mainly due to consumption, biodiversity, climate change, desertification etc., the more pressing question becomes how can we travel more sustainable? One that preserve and protect those spectacular places we yearn to explore and the wildlife we so love.

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