Ethical Travel: Why Do It?
by Roxana Oliver
Ethical Travel is a term that has entered the lexicon of the younger generation. And it is not a term which is difficult to define either. It is travel that’s culturally aware and mindful. It raises awareness about all the important cultural and historical aspects of the country you’re visiting. Regular travel is not a thing anymore – going to a certain country just to visit its malls and have infinite cups of coffee is fast becoming a thing of the past.
In this day and age, when almost everything is on the verge of disappearing and becoming extinct, it is of crucial importance that we keep the culture and customs of different nations alive. That’s why ethical travel is there, so take a look at the best places to visit on such a travel and what your options are.
What are the best destinations?
Traveling to the USA might bring you more clothes in your wardrobe or more photographs on Instagram, but what are the ethical things you might do there? Some of the best ethical destinations are the ones that are not very popular as regular touristic destinations, such as Argentina on #1, followed by Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile and several African countries.
Since these are the destinations that – for some – are somewhat exotic, it sounds like a great idea to visit them and get to know more about their culture and history. Go to these countries, buy locally grown products and hand-made souvenirs, familiarize yourself with their customs. It is definitely an experience not a lot of people have, so why shouldn’t you be the one to have them?
How to do it?
First of all, do a bit of research on the country you’re visiting. Try to see what the things they like to do are, take a look at what their regular day looks like, what kinds of jokes they like, or what kind of food they eat. You want to be one with them while you’re staying there, rather than going to a 5-star hotel and sipping wine in some of the most exclusive restaurants. Also, pack light – you don’t need many unnecessary things.
Once there, try to use local transport as little as possible; choose the more environmentally friendly solutions for transport, such as cycling or simply, walking. You will get to experience more of the country that way. However, if it is a bit complicated for you to arrange your ethical trip all by yourself, there are many options out there such as schoolies. If you’ve just finished high school, it is a good idea to take a couple of weeks off and see the world.
There are numerous ethical schoolies 2018 choices, such as spending two weeks in Cambodia where you will be helping out in a volunteer orphanage or attending a youth development course on the Fiji islands.
To sum up: Why do it?
This is an amazing opportunity to see these countries and actually, make a difference while there. Engage in conversations with the locals, and use your skills and will to help someone change the world. The years to come will pose a great challenge – to preserve everything that humanity is unaware it is losing.
Moreover, it will be a great opportunity to visit distant places that you maybe won’t have a chance to see in the future and see something that you haven’t seen on any of the travel photographs of your friends. Leave the mainstream trips aside this time, there will be plenty of time for that in the future.
Ethical Travel: Why Do It?
About the author
Roxana Oliver is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney who loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on Twitter and Facebook.