Travel – it’s the bug that keeps on biting. With all the wonders and beauty this world has to offer, it’s difficult not to be fascinated. Breathtaking sights of natural environments and unforgettable experiences of local, traditional cultures are privileges that come with modern international travel, but without efforts in sustainability, these may no longer exist for the next generation. Sustainable tourism commits to avoiding damage to the environment, helping to grow the local economy, and preserving traditional cultures of the locations where travel takes place. The aim is to ensure that development is a positive experience for local people and tourists themselves. Enter Planterra.
With the goal of promoting long-term sustainability, Planterra, a subsidiary of Gap Adventures, is a non-profit organization that offers travelers the opportunity to embark on an adventure while making a valuable difference around the world. Why not lend a hand at a Kenyan orphanage while, at the same time, explore the unique wildlife and landscape of the country? Or how about volunteering your time at a Panda Reserve in China and climbing the Great Wall on the same trip? These are the opportunities offered on Planterra’s Voluntours, which offer an uncommon combination of discovery and volunteerism with tours and preservation. It’s a different take on travel, but for the sake of the next generations, one that we should all consider.
Have you ever been on a travel/volunteer or work adventure that was memorable? Feel free to share your stories with us and recommend interesting exploration ideas!