Edition #4 2019
“What if I tell you, that you can change the world by traveling? That sounds rather weird in a time in which there is a lot to do about flying, and the pressure it puts on the environment, right?”
Travel done right
What if I tell you, that you can change the world by travelling? That sounds rather weird in a time in which there is a lot to do about flying, and the pressure it puts on the environment, right? But travel and tourism have tremendous power to drive conservation, promote peace and bring economic value to those who need it most. Often it does the opposite. Together we can change that.
Check out this TED-talk by Shannon Stowell, CEO of the Adventure Travel Trade Association. Stowell explains how to choose a better vacation. Ones that can change the world for good.
Stowell has more than 25 years of experience in adventure travel and environmental science and has served on the boards of both the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund. What I’m trying to say, is that he kind of knows what he is talking about.
As an adventurer and traveller, Shannon promotes the power of travel done right. He advocates for responsible tourism as a tool for destinations to position themselves at the intersection of commerce, conservation and community. Something WideOyster fully agrees with.
We believe that travel done right changes the world and changes points of view. In the words of Mark Twain:
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
Or, in the words of Funkadelic: Free your mind and your ass will follow. 🙂
Contributors: Marco Barneveld, Rene Koster, Frits Meyst, Alessio Cuomo, Daan Vermeer, Roberta Martin, Julia van den Muijsenberg, Marleen van Dijk (vertalingen) en Teddy Kohar. Many thanks to: TUI Nederland, Turkish Airlines, Pekka Makinen, Saksen & Adventure Travel Trade Association Special thanks to our partners in Brazil: Suzzanne Cardoso / Samba do Seu Zé, DA.MA.TA Ecoturismo, Turismo Comunitário de Castelhanos, Filipe Paulino Ribeiro, Ilhavela Charters, Hostel da Vila, Capoeira Sao Paulo, Renaissance Hotel Sao Paulo, Retrozaria Charles Motta, Mercado Municipal, Philippe Bistro and Stopover Finland.
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