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Come Chat About Sustainable Travel With Us And AIG Travel

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This sustainable travel conversation is sponsored by AIG Travel.

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We are venturing into deeper aspects of travel this year. From pushing our perceived comfort zone by vacationing at a dude ranch, to adding more sustainable aspects to our travels, we are just starting to scratch the surface of traveling in more meaningful ways. 

One of our goals  this year was to be able to share more that goes into our travels too, beyond just the on the ground aspects. We are trying to bring you more of the prep, and behind the scene steps that we take to ensure that we always have a great visit no matter where we are traveling while featuring ways that we are always thinking about sustainability during our visits.

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Sustainable travel is important to us because it benefits everyone involved. It helps the local areas you are visiting at the core of the community where your tourism dollars help those at all levels of the economy. It also benefits the environment. It really is a win-win and a great way to make your next vacation mean even more.

Here is the World Tourism Organization’s definition of Sustainable Travel:

“Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities”

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Since we have started adding more sustainable travel aspects to our trips, we have learned that the common myths surrounding the aspect of sustainability are just that, myths. AIG Travel, a worldwide leader in travel insurance and assistance services, also found the same to be true in a recent poll they conducted. They found that people were receptive to the idea of sustainable travel, but felt there were barriers to responsible tourism with some myths that exist about the subject. 

In this video we debunk 5 common sustainable travel myths.

I think these are a great starting point to help those that are interested in responsible travel learn more. I am so excited to keep the conversation going, and delve into this topic further with the help of AIG Travel (@TravelGuard). I will be hosting a special sustainable travel Twitter chat with AIG Travel on Tuesday, August 9th from 8-9pm CT using the hashtag #WhereNext?, and I would love to have you join us with a deeper conversation about sustainable travel and some great prizes!

Heather
Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.

97 Comments

  1. I’m exited to say that we’ve been practicing sustainable travel and didn’t even know it. I love your video! You explain everything so it’s easy to understand. See you at your Twitter party!!

  2. Shopping locally is part of the fun when I travel. It helps me to feel more immersed in the location I’m visiting. I hadn’t really considered that it also brought sustainability.

  3. I love to travel and stay in the middle of the town so that I can walk around and see the city. It also frees us up to see what we want to see. I wasn’t even thinking how that was sustainable.

  4. Sustainable Travel is always important and I agree it really is a win-win for sure with lots of benefits all around. I always love shopping locally as it gives a lot of fun to explore the different traditions & methods they have!

  5. My family and I would love to do more traveling. I definitely want to do more before my kids graduate high school. I still have so much I want to do with them. Thank you for putting some of those myths to rest.

  6. I have only purchased travel insurance once so far. We decided it was best when we booked our cruise. We ended up npt needing it but you just never know when something might go haywire or an injury might occur.

  7. Awesome info about sustainable travel. We always make sure too to enjoy our vacation to the fullest. And we usually get something from that place for souvenirs.

  8. That sounds like a good activity to participate with, if only I had the time during the live feed. I agree with that definition now that I think about it, it’s really from both ends as a tourist and as someone responsible for the place.

  9. Can’t wait to talk about this. With an adopted son from Ethiopia I have watched first hand how tourism can help protect and better the lives of individuals living in these destinations we travel to. By making better choices and putting in a little leg work (research is all) you are able to travel deeper and more meaningful than ever before. I LOVE it!!! Can’t wait to chat tomorrow!

    1. That is awesome! We are also an adoptive family (domestic), and I never thought of how this relates to international adoptions! Can’t wait to chat with you tomorrow!

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