We believe in a sustainable form of tourism and that may be at odds with many of its modern day forms. There have been a lot of moments in our travels when the effects of mankind have left us depressed. Things like plastic on the beaches of the Mediterranean, bleached coral in the Seychelles, and a poached elephant on the border of Kenya and Tanzania have all been low points in our travels. It’s true there can be a lot of negatives to travel such as over development, pollution, environmental degradation, and loss of culture.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
While we have seen the negative effects of tourism we’ve also seen the good. Conservation efforts in Namibia, social enterprises on Zanzibar, ethical tour companies, and sustainable businesses have all put smiles on our face. Our goal is to help provide travelers with resources, products, and ideas to make travels more sustainable. We believe in partnering with brands and companies that hold those same morals.
We believe travel can be force for good.
It has the ability to change traveler’s concept of the world while empowering local communities and preserving the environment for future generations. In many ways travel’s good can also be in how it effects the traveller. If we all find our platform we can be the change we want to see and we’ll make this world a better place. We are not perfect, but traveling has changed the way we feel about the world and after every journey we find our behavior and mindset has changed for the better.
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Where to begin?
This seems to be one travel moment we have over and over and over. Plastic polluting our world. We feel like a broken record, but nearly every beach we visit is littered with plastic. However, it’s only the tip of the iceberg with plastic set to outweigh fish in a few decades. Start by reducing plastic waste, being conscious of your trash, carry a travel water bottle, and decline plastic bags and straws.
If you can afford to travel you can afford to donate, even if it’s just a little. After pumping years of time and effort we now have a successful blog. In doing so, we’ve decided to donate 5% of our proceeds from products sold to charitable causes. Our most recent pledge was to Charity: water. Have a favorite charity? Let us know!
Some of tourisms worst flaws come from a lack of understanding. As travelers and people we need to understand how our actions influence the world we live. We love going out for hikes, but often find trash left behind and that trails are often ignored, both lead to environmental degradation. Think about future generations, other travelers, and locals who want to enjoy that place too. Leave no trace.
A great way to make the world a better place is to support the right initiatives when traveling. This means choosing to spend your money with ethical tour companies, purchase from small vendors, and support local communities. The image here was taken at the Mbunza Living Museum in Namibia. A project set up by the Living Culture Foundation of Namibia. Their goal is to preserve indigenous cultures while providing a source of income through tourism education.
Above everything else we believe the world needs more compassion. We care about a great many things. If we all cared about one another, the environment, and wildlife the world would be a much kinder and better place. We’ll continue to push to preserve wildlife and culture around the world. One of our many passions include the last wilds in Africa. Poaching and greed is an epidemic and conservationist are at war. They need our political support from home and tourism dollars abroad.