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: