Traveling for a holiday, engaging with a new culture and diving into the relics of the town is such an adventure. Travel fills the spirit, delights the soul and broadens the mind. Some people travel once a year to have an experience. Some travel once a month for work. Some make a lifestyle of travel by being a digital nomad. No matter the circumstance, when you go you are given the opportunity to change the world.
According to the global travel and tourism statistics, “The travel and tourism industry is one of the world’s largest industries with a global economic contribution (direct, indirect and induced) of over 7.6 trillion U.S. dollars in 2016. The direct economic impact of the industry, including accommodation, transportation, entertainment, and attractions, was approximately 2.3 trillion U.S. dollars that year. Some countries, such as France and the United States, are consistently popular tourism destinations, but other, less well-known countries are quickly emerging to reap the economic benefits of the industry.”
There are socially conscious organizations and companies that give back to communities they visit which builds awareness globally and unites the world in a way that is positive and strengthens the broader outreach of a destination location.
Travel is a luxury for so many. A journey is a place but when you land the people who live there also have an opportunity to learn about you. You can enrich people who may never even leave their hometowns just by being open to giving back and sharing your story. The vulnerability can bridge the gap, build trust, and unite connections.
Traverse Journeys is just one company that is making an impact in the sustainable ecotourism space. Every trip generates a donation of 5% of sales to the community partner. The benefits are money stays within the community not only through the employment provided through tourism but also by supporting local organizations that are working hard to enhance conservation, support community healthcare, mitigate homelessness, provide education, create job opportunities and engage in myriad other social and environmental causes.
Join Traverse on New Zealand Fantasy in November. Project Jonah is their local registered charity partner. Project Jonah believes marine mammals desperately need our help. Their vision is to create a world where these animals are respected and protected.
If traveling changes your life so much, why not make an impact on others when you travel?
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