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Come Chat About Sustainable Travel With Us

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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 Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.

97 Comments

  • You know, I would love to learn more about sustainable travel. We would like to do everything possible to help make the world better. Thanks for the info… I will have to check out the twitter party

  • I think Sustainable Travel sounds great. I’ve never actually thought about how travel might impact the environment before. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Sustainable Travel sounds like the best form of travel. I always just assumed that traveling somewhere helped the economy. I didn’t realize it wasn’t that simple.

  • Sounds like a really neat concept. I never gave it much thought until I read your blog and listened to the debunked myths. Very interesting! Something I will consider the next time I travel or mention to others.

  • I think you are doing a great service by traveling sustainably. I think more people should do the same. I hope your post will inspire others to follow in your footsteps.

  • I didn’t even know that sustainable travel was a thing! I’ll have to go to the Twitter party to learn more!

  • I’ve never even considered sustainable travel! Seriously, very fascinating! Sounds like I have a lot to learn!

  • I have been hearing so much more about sustainable travel lately. It’s definitely the future of travel.

  • What a great video, very educational. I really hadn’t thought of this before but we do a lot of these things already because we love to immerse ourselves into the area. Thank you for this great post.

  • I think the idea of sustainable travel is so smart. Not only is better for the environment, but it gives you a chance to really get to know the local area and people. It also teaches you respect for other people homes.

  • I know there is sustainable living but I didn’t really think about sustainable travel; pretty genius concept if you ask me! You’re 100% right, sustainable living is good for everyone and everything involved. Thank you for sharing and love the informative video!

  • never thought about travel this way thanks for sharing a new idea, the wheels are turning now
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  • All of these photos are so beautiful! I never really thought about traveling like this. I love it though! Sounds great!

  • It would be nice to learn more about this so that we can all apply it when we’re traveling. If it will benefit each place you go to, this will benefit the whole world. I love the idea and raising awareness is definitely something we should keep doing.

  • You know, I don’t know that I’ve ever looked at travel this way before…I mean, normally I go on vacation and don’t think about how my travel affects the local market (at least not in the same way I’m concerned for my city/town). I’d love to learn more about this.

  • I completely agree with you. Sustainable travel is important and crucial at the same time. I am looking forward to know as well as to learn more about it.

  • That’s awesome that you’re going to take the time out to dispel the myths. It sounds like a topic I’m def. going to be on the lookout to hear more about. Love the pic of your three archers!

  • I haven’t really traveled before, except to the surrounding states. Sustainable travel sounds pretty interesting.

  • Woohoo, ready to join you at the chat next week! Sustainable travel is exactly how we love to travel. I love immersing myself in the culture and local scene.

  • Thank you for all the information. Now that I have been traveling more, I have been reading more about this.

  • I love to check out the local merchants and restaurants when we travel. I like to support the local community where I am visiting.

  • I haven’t traveled much but hopefully will do more in the future. Thank you for debunking these myths. It helps me to better understand what sustainable travel is.

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