What is Responsible Travel?

What is Responsible Travel?

There is a growing movement within travel to adopt more sustainable and responsible ways to visit a place. Every time we step foot on a place, literally, thousands (sometimes millions) of others have stepped on that same spot before us. How does all this tourism affect the environment, economy, politics, and culture of a place? 

Think about this. Imagine you are the 2500th person that day to flush the toilet in a region with water shortages or the 38th boat to dock at a small uninhabited island. How amazing is a photo when there are 400 other tourists taking the same one or half of them are in yours?

So, should you cancel your trip because it’s popular and lots of people are going to be there? No, of course not. Responsible travel doesn’t mean you should stop traveling where you want to go, it means being socially and culturally aware when you travel and understanding your effect on the places you visit, and trying to make that effect a positive one.

Responsible Travel means being socially and culturally aware when you travel and understanding your effect on the places you visit and trying to make that effect a positive one.”

Did you know that only 17 cents out of every dollar you spend in a country stay in that country? Hotels, cruise ships, and tour operators are mainly internationally owned and all-inclusive hotels in Mexico are probably owned by a larger company in Europe or the United States. Once you pay for your stay, most of that money is siphoned out of the local economy to the bank accounts of large companies. Even recommended shops (by these hotels, cruise shops, and tour operators) are designed to give them commissions on things you buy and also designed to steer you away from locally owned and local craft shops.

So, what can you do to be a better traveler?

Easy. Do your research. Seek out female and minority-owned hotels, tour companies or restaurants/vineyards. Look for local experiences hosted by locals, Air BnB is great for this. Ask locals when you arrive for female-owned businesses you can support. It’s going to take a little longer to plan your adventure but it’s going to pay off huge in the long run.

Look for destinations in the off-season so places have time to recover from the crowds of high-season or better yet, go to up-and-coming places. Try Bordeaux instead of Paris. Try Croatia instead of Italy.

So, what can you do to be a better traveler?

It means to travel with awareness and mindfulness of how our trips will not only change the lives of the people who come with us but how our presence will change the environment of the places we go.

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The Adventure Gals Mission

The TAG mission is Responsible Travel, the ability to extract more than the top layer from a place and give back to local female & minority-owned businesses whenever possible with our patronage/visits/trips.

We also want to create a community of explorers who will develop relationships with the places we visit and internalize these experiences by turning them into something they will use for the rest of their lives.

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