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.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know that tourism accounts for an estimated 9% of global GDP? That is a huge impact! The UN has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Here are their goals (and be sure to check out their video!) and a bit of how Traverse has integrated them into our trips this year.