Responsible travel is wonderful thing, introducing us to new people and places, brings cultures together and helps us appreciate the immense beauty of the world. On the flip side, irresponsible travel can have a negative impact on that world we’re trying to see. If we’re not aware of how we travel, we can wind up doing more harm than good.
The flights we take, the tour operators we travel with, the places we shop and the waste we create along the way all have an impact on the environment. Some negative impacts (such as the carbon emissions created by planes and cars) are unavoidable. But there are ways in which we can help to balance the scales. Practicing more sustainable travel allows us to enjoy all of the great things about seeing the world, while minimizing our footprint along the way.
As proponents of responsible voluntourism, we at Discover Corps believe that giving back to the communities we visit is crucial to sustainable travel. We try to consider every aspect of our impact on the places where we run volunteer vacations. But whether you’re volunteering abroad or just going on a relaxing vacation, there are many ways you can make your travels more sustainable. Here are seven simple tips to minimize your impact: