Tourism is an environmentally high-impact endeavor. Flights, hotels, eating and drinking, etc. I am prone to feelings of guilt so I try to do something about it. Now, I’m not recommending a life lived under the mantle of guilt, but I do have some ideas about mitigation. Three simple approaches I use are to 1) offset our impact, 2) avoid plastic, and 3) pack our bags strategically/philanthropically.
Below are some Spanish phrases that we wanted to practice before going to Cuba. Similar to what we’ve done for previous trips, Beija and I sat down to create post-it notes of important (clarification of this word below) Spanish phrases and then to post them throughout the house.
Do you ever feel distant from the real (insert place name here) when you are traveling? Like a tourist rather than a traveler? Deepening your travel connections to people will make all the difference. As an introvert, I often feel like I am on the outside of the action, but doing some of these things has made a huge difference. Human beings are wired to connect with one another, creating social, emotional, and even physical, well-being.