In the last few years, I’ve made more of a conscious effort to travel as responsibly as I can. For me, this type of travel is not about guilt but about trying to think how my travel may impact people, wildlife and the environment.
It’s often daunting to try and peel back the layers. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, and I am still learning so much, but I try to experience, buy and stay “local” when and where I can. For me, that could mean I choose an Airbnb, B&B or small family run hotel over a major hotel chain. It can also mean that I buy handmade crafts and art directly from the person rather than a chain store and larger markets where some crafts are mass produced and come from China. It could also mean I go on a tour operated by an individual over a large tour organization or one that is recognized as a Fair Trade organization.
This page is where you will find some of that content. The travel with purpose, responsible tourism, social good and support local categories will highlight organizations and people in this space.
If there are any experiences or organizations you’d like me to know about, please do not hesitate to connect with me.
- Socially responsible in South Africa
- Beyond Cape Town, in the heart of Khayelitsha
- The last 30 puppeteers of Yangon, Myanmar
- TARAgram, Tribal women in Orchha, India make recycled paper products
- Pamper, don’t ride an Asian elephant in Thailand
- Unity Through Art and Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico