Sustainability

10 Must-See Spots For Nature Lovers in New Zealand

10 Must-See Spots For Nature Lovers in New Zealand

After calling Aotearoa (the Māori name for New Zealand) home for almost two years, I've experienced my fair share of nature's great wonders. Here, I list my 10 must-see spots for nature lovers in New Zealand from a locals’ perspective. No doubt after reading through the following you’ll understand New Zealand’s status as the most naturally beautiful country in the world!

Small Group Travel: Expectations Vs Reality

Small Group Travel: Expectations Vs Reality

As an introverted and typically solo or couple traveler, I was a bit nervous to sign up for a small group trip for the first time. When I joined up to travel with Traverse Journeys on their trip to New Zealand all my worries were squashed and I am now a firm believer that small group travel is ideal for anyone and a great way to travel, and travel responsibly.

How to Travel Responsibly

How to Travel Responsibly

We’re excited to feature this post from guest blogger Susanna Kelly of Wandering Chocobo, an avid and knowledgeable proponent for responsible travel.

Being a socially responsible traveler used to be difficult. When I changed the way I traveled about five years ago, I felt like a fish swimming upstream. I’m thankful that every year it gets easier to be a responsible traveler as more destinations support this type of travel and ethical tour operators realize the benefit in preserving their environment.

Small Group Travel: A Q&A

Small Group Travel: A Q&A

Thinking about joining a group trip for your next international travels but not sure what to expect? After leading small groups around the globe for years, we’ve realized there are also common hesitancies that come up again and again for those who are considering their first group trip abroad.

Meet Our Partner: Irish Seed Savers

Meet Our Partner: Irish Seed Savers

The visit with Irish Seed Savers on our Ireland trip is a highlight along the journey, listed among our clients' favorite experiences. In a picturesque setting in rural County Clare, their 20 acres of land are put to great use as they lead the charge in Ireland for seed saving as well as further sustainable, eco-friendly, and educational goals.

Meet Our Partner: Project Jonah New Zealand

Meet Our Partner: Project Jonah New Zealand

With its 9400 miles of coastline, New Zealand is no stranger to sealife landing on its shores. We interviewed our community partner Project Jonah to learn more about how they care for the coastlines, particularly in response to stranded dolphins and whales that land in a critical situation once out of their marine environment. Here’s what they shared with us:

Meet Our Partner: Sustainable Cambodia

Meet Our Partner: Sustainable Cambodia

Anyone who visits Cambodia will quickly learn that you’ll find a non-profit around nearly every corner. Not all are created equally though, and it takes a commitment and resilience along with sound practices and a meaningful vision to truly effect change. That’s why we want to showcase our partner Sustainable Cambodia that we visit each time we cycle through the town of Pursat

An Intro to Ethical Fashion in Cambodia

An Intro to Ethical Fashion in Cambodia

Fair trade is a common theme in food these days, but what about in clothing? We've partnered with a fabulous organization in Cambodia, Dorsu, whose motto "Buy Better, Travel Often, Be You" couldn't be more aligned with Traverse. Their eco-savvy clothing line brings both employment and pride to the local economy, and we are super excited to visit their facility on our Cycle Cambodia-Vietnam itinerary. We interviewed Ellen at Dorsu and learned about what ethical fashion really means in the context of Cambodia.

On the Amazon with Peaceful Fruits

On the Amazon with Peaceful Fruits

When we think of the Amazon rainforest, we tend conjure up images of vibrant plants and exotic animals. But in addition to the captivating scenes of nature, there’s much more: community and people. We asked Evan Delahanty, founder of Peaceful Fruits - our Ecuador  trip sponsor - what he cherished most in his two years living in the Amazon while serving in the Peace Corp and here’s what he said.