Sustainable travel can allow you to see the world and have fun without doing harm to the planet or people. But sometimes, it is not enough to simply do no harm. Sometimes, you might wonder how you can go beyond simply doing nothing wrong and actually do some good on your green travel adventures. Here are some suggestions that could help you to do just that:
Share Experiences From Your Sustainable Travel Adventures
One of the best and simplest ways to ensure that some good comes from your green travel adventures is to make sure that you share the experiences you have enjoyed once you get back home. Sharing your experiences of traveling in an eco-friendly, ethical and sustainable way can help spread the word and encourage others to do the same.
The more we see of this wonderful world, the more we love it. And the more we love this planet we call home, the more inclined we are to protect it. It is basic human psychology to want to protect what we love. Simply documenting our world and sharing it with others can be a way to contribute to the creation of a better and more positive future.
Spread Knowledge and Skills on Your Sustainable Travel Adventures
Experiences, however, are not the only thing that green travelers can share. As you travel, and after you return home, you can also share the knowledge and skills you have garnered on your travels, and in your daily life of trying to live more sustainably.
Sharing knowledge about green living, ecotourism, and sustainable skills like gardening, growing food, cooking, sewing, knitting, craftsman skills, upcycling, DIY and more can all be wonderful ways to make our world a better place.
Consider Conservation on Your Green Travel Adventures
If you are not afraid of a little work on vacation, you could also consider helping out with conservation efforts around the globe. Helping out on conservation, re-foresting, re-wilding, or watershed restoration project could be the perfect way to make sure that you are part of the solution and not part of the problem. There are plenty of ecotourism destinations where you can enjoy helping to protect, preserve or even enhance natural ecosystems.
If a full-time volunteering job sounds like a bit too much for a vacation, you could also consider helping out in smaller ways. For example, observing and counting plants or wildlife in a sanctuary or on a preserve could allow you to contribute to scientific knowledge that will help to preserve those places. You could attend a bio blitz or a citizen science event. You could also consider taking part in cleaning up our ecosystems by taking part in a beach clean or litter pick while you are away.
Help People on Your Green Travel Adventures
Of course, there are also plenty of ways to help people while you are on your sustainable travels. There are plenty of shorter and longer-term volunteering opportunities working on a range of social projects. For example, you could help to build water sources, community gardens, or schools – all of which are great ways to do good and make this world a better place.
Even if you do not have the energy, time or ability for volunteering, there are still other, smaller ways to help people wherever you go. One way to help people might simply be through buying their locally grown, organic food or hand-made wares. Doing so may not only give them income – but also help them to live more sustainably.
Build a Better World on Your Sustainable Travel Adventures
If you are feeling truly ambitious, green travel could also open up a whole range of other opportunities to truly build a better world. Perhaps the most profound changes that you could contribute to involve creating new, more ethical, eco-friendly and sustainable food production systems.
Organic gardening or farming is a wonderful way to make this world a better place. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) offers opportunities to help out on organic farms around the globe, in some truly stunning spots. Whether you are already green-fingered, or a complete growing novice, a farm-stay vacation could be the perfect way to give back.
Another way that you could consider both learning and doing good is by seeking out an opportunity to help out on a sustainable building project. Whether or not you have a construction skillset already, you could consider doing some good by helping others to create their sustainable homes and help them on their path to a greener future.
Even if you cannot live the sustainability good life just yet, you can still help others move in the right direction. Not only is this a way to do some good on your sustainable travels, but it could also help you in future when it is time for you to make the transition to a greener way of life. The POOSH is one organization that matches up those who want to help with those with sustainable build projects.
These are just some of the many ways that you can do good, not just have fun, on sustainable travel adventures. So why not take a little time to do something selfless, and make your contribution to making this world a better place? It might just be one of the most rewarding things you ever do.
Wherever you go and whatever you do, put out good into this world by always doing your best, and being kind and generous – not only to the people that you meet, but also to this planet we all call home.