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Sep
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7 Simple Tips for More Sustainable Travel

Posted by on September 6, 2015 · 1 Comment  

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:

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Jul
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The One Type of Tourism That Will Save the Travel Industry

Posted by on July 14, 2015 · 2 Comments  

Have you ever been on a vacation where you felt like you were viewing the local culture through a glass wall? If you’re nodding your head “yes,” we’re not surprised. The nature of many traditional modes of travel — buses, cruises, massive group tours — can prevent you from truly experiencing new people and places.

Community-based tourism, on the other hand, removes that wall, allowing you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new culture.

What is community-based tourism? It’s a type of travel fueled by the local people: they may invite you into their home, show you where they shop for food, introduce you to owners of the local weaving shop, and share other fascinating and intimate parts of their lives.

Here at Discover Corps, we’re all about community-based travel — because we believe the best way to discover a country is through its people. On our volunteer vacations, our travelers experience the local culture through their eyes, ears, tastebuds, and hearts.

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And that’s how it should be. Here are three reasons community-based tourism is the way of the future:
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Apr
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5 Unique Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Posted by on April 21, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Yahoo! Earth Day is upon us tomorrow: April 22!

To celebrate, you might decide to turn off and unplug all your electronics for the day, or gather all the plastics in your home and load them into the local recycling bin. You might check out one of our favorite sustainable travel blogs.

These are perfectly smart ways to be greener — but here are a few to make your Earth Day more memorable!Read More

Apr
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10 Sustainable Travel Blogs You Should Be Following

Posted by on April 7, 2015 · 19 Comments  

Do you dream of shaping the world into a better place for future generations?

Many of us do, which is why we celebrate Earth Day (coming up on April 22!).

In the spirit of changing wasteful habits and opening our minds, we’ve gathered 10 must-read travel blogs that combine two things we wholeheartedly support: sustainability and travel. Traveling sustainably is a great way to understand global issues and appreciate diversity — while also ensuring you’re aware of your impact on cultures and environments.

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Though we often discuss the sustainability of volunteer vacations on this blog, you’ll see there are SO many ways to travel responsibly.

Sit back, turn off the TV, and get ready to change the world with these 10 sustainable travel blogs. We’re positive you’ll find them as inspiring as we do!

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Mar
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What You Need to Know About “Authentic Culture”

Posted by on March 24, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

For many travelers, encountering another culture means more than visiting museums and famous monuments. World Heritage Sites are worth seeing — but maybe you crave deeper connections.

You might sign up for a tour that promises interactions with an indigenous tribe, and once you arrive in their village, notice villagers wearing bright traditional dress. They’re selling handicrafts that are so beautifully designed, you decide to buy a few to support them.

But then you see one of the teenagers texting on her cell phone — and you wonder: Is this “authentic culture”? Or a contrived tourist experience?

If that sounds familiar, here’s what you need to know about authentic culture:

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Mar
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Meet Humanity Unified: A Clothing Line That Supports Rwandan Women

Posted by on March 12, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Did you know that two-thirds of the illiterate people in the world are female? That’s a shocking figure — one that needs to change.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we recently discussed how volunteering empowers women both at home and abroad. Continuing on that theme, we’re excited to introduce you to a new company launched by the founders of The Culture-ist (one of our favorite websites!).

Meet Humanity Unified, a socially conscious clothing line striving to empower Rwandan women through a variety of educational programs.

We talked with Maria Russo, Humanity Unified’s co-founder, to learn about her vision and future plans for the company. We hope her words will inspire you to support their mission — and create change!

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Mar
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How Volunteering Abroad Can Empower Women

Posted by on March 3, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Woohoo! International Women’s Day is next Sunday, March 8th. The majority of our volunteer travelers are women, and we also make every effort to hire women abroad. Case in point: our lovely cooks in the Dominican Republic, whom you got to meet a few months ago. In other words, we support women all the way!

And we truly believe that volunteer vacations lead to women’s empowerment — both for our travelers and the women in the communities we visit.

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Feb
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The True Cost of Cuba

Posted by on February 11, 2015 · 3 Comments  

Have you been surprised by the cost of trips to Cuba? If so, you’re not alone. While many are excited at the prospect of traveling to Cuba, many are also taken aback when they realize how expensive it really is. And often, their first question is “Why?” In this post, we’ll explore what’s happening behind-the-scenes that’s driving up the cost of travel to Cuba.

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Jan
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What a Volunteer Vacation in Guatemala Is Really Like

Posted by on January 29, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

We love being able to give you an inside glimpse into our immersive journeys of culture and service. Most recently, we shared a vivid illustration of what a typical day on a volunteer vacation looks like.

Now, we want to give you a detailed look at the day-to-day activities, excursions, and feelings that could occur on a volunteer vacation in Guatemala. The best part? It’s straight from the mouths of our travelers, who kept a group journal while they were there. Though we’ve lightly edited the entries for brevity and privacy, you can be sure this is an honest account of what our travelers were thinking and doing during their Guatemala trip with Next Step Travel.

So, if you’ve ever wondered just what happens day-in and day-out on one of our volunteer vacations, keep reading! Read More