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Thursday, 26 May 2022

New Year New World: How to Travel Well in 2022

AFTER a tumultuous two years, many of us are looking forward to getting back to travel and exploring, but in a way that confers clear benefits to the environment, local communities and ensures destinations remain available for all.

It’s easier than ever to travel in a sustainable and conscientious way as the industry has continued to expand to cater to a wider variety of trip and holiday types. From eco-tourism, community centred travel, slow travel and voluntourism there are a huge number of ways to make a positive impact without sacrificing an ounce of relaxation and enjoyment.

No matter what holiday type you’re interested in, at Charitable Travel we’ll be able to help you take a great trip while supporting the causes you care about. As part of our unique business model, you’ll be able to donate 5% of your total holiday price to a charity of your choice at no extra cost. That way you can take an amazing, well-deserved break while helping create a better world in 2022.

Slow Travel 

Sometimes a strict itinerary and packed schedule can detract from truly exploring and being in the present moment while out travelling. Slow travel is the solution. By travelling at a slower pace, you’ll find that you’ve got more time to enjoy the locales you visit in a more immersive and leisurely way. Slow travel options include biking, slow-paced cruises, trains, walking and more. While you may not pack in quite as many sights and attractions, you’ll come away refreshed and enlivened by a deeper travel experience.

Interested in finding out more about slow travel? Check out this great article from Issue 5 of Charitable Traveller Magazine here.

Feeling inspired? Explore the Scottish Highlands by rail from just £1,499pp. For a limited time save up to £150 per couple, so book now! Boarding the Caledonian Sleeper from London, over 8-nights you’ll visit Inverness, the Isle of Skye, The Orkney Islands and Edinburgh. Includes all travel, B&B, tours, excursions and so much more.

Eco-Tourism 

Many of us have developed a greater appreciation for the environment during the pandemic. Whether driven by Sir David Attenborough’s magical specials binged on those early days of lockdown, treasured strolls through our local parks with loved ones or being able to hear birds singing more clearly due to reduced traffic. Its never been more important to safeguard the natural world as it has a unique ability to restore and rejuvenate us. 

Thankfully, now more than ever, it’s possible to enjoy great holidays with minimal impact on the environment. Pictured below is Chumbe Island, an innovative eco-tourism community in Tanzania that takes great care to preserve its marine wildlife. 

New Year New World: How to Travel Well in 2022

Community Focused Tourism 

At its best sustainable travel means placing the needs of local communities in mind at all times. Too often travel can contribute to negative impacts on these communities as the money spent in the destination is not received directly by them and they often suffer disruption due to high footfall. Sustainable travel helps to resolve these issues by ensuring that money is spent within local communities, ensuring they remain viable as a long-term travel destination. Travellers can often work directly with communities and experience a different way of life, off the beaten track by volunteering in community projects. 

Keen to go on an adventure and live immersed in an Amazonian community? Now at a reduced price of £399pp you can spend 6-nights with a local family in the Ecuadorian Amazon and experience authentic Quichua culture. This offer includes a varied meal plan, a Chief Experience Officer and local guides, all in-destination transport, accommodation and a variety of cultural experiences and inclusions (including a blowgun contest and a visit to a local animal rescue centre).

Common Sense Ground Rules – Leave No Trace

No matter where you’re travelling or how there are some common-sense rules we can all follow to ensure that destinations are respected and preserved for other travellers. Our charity partner, Leave No Trace have seven guiding principles to keep in mind whenever we step outside into the natural world (although many of them can be applied to urban environments as well). The principles are; plan ahead and prepare, travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste and rubbish properly, leave what you find, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife and be considerate of other visitors. 

Give Back with Charitable Travel 

Whether you want to spend a luxurious week in the indulgent Cayman Islands, take a week-long trip for the whole family in Orlando or a short break in Holland including a visit to Amsterdam, Charitable Travel can help you have an incredible holiday. 

Even better as part of our unique business model, whenever you book a trip with us you’ll have the option to donate 5% of your total holiday price to a charity of your choice at no extra charge! So you can book a great getaway while supporting amazing charities making a difference.

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