Sustainable tourism is a travel approach that actively contributes to the well-being and empowerment of both the traveler and the local communities visited. Sustainable travel preserves and celebrates the unique heritage and biodiversity of each destination while fostering a deep connection and respect for its people.
Life Beyond the Room is a sensorial™ travel concierge dedicated to designing custom, unique itineraries for travelers seeking authentic experiences immersed in the lifestyle, flavors, and culture of each region. Our commitment to sustainability ensures that your impact is positive. With sustainable tourism, you can have the trip of a lifetime while making a long-lasting positive impact on the places you visit and the people you encounter. Here’s some things you need to know.
What can we do to make sure we are traveling sustainably?
- Choose local accommodation!
Choose locally owned accommodations in order to support the local economy instead of giving your money right back to a giant corporation
- Shop local!
Instead of purchasing new clothes for your upcoming vacation, pack light and shop at local boutiques in the destination country. Avoid buying junky souvenirs; support the artisans instead!
- Get off the beaten path!
After you’ve hit the main sites, spend a few extra days exploring places unknown to most tourists in order to foster a meaningful and authentic connection with both the places and their people. That is where cultural immersion happens!
- Stay off the tour bus!
How would you like it if you had a giant hop on and off tour bus driving in front of your house every day multiple times a day? If you’ve felt a little unease, you know exactly how the locals feel! Hire a private driver instead and you’ll be amazed at how much more enriching your experience will be.
- Hire local guides and drivers (and tip generously)
There is nothing wrong with audio guides but the enriching experience you get from learning from and building a relationship with local passionate guides and drivers is priceless! While there are some unlicensed guides who try to take advantage of tourists, most of them are experts in their subject matter with a genuine passion of sharing their history and culture with travelers!
- Choose accommodations with sustainable practices
Growing their own food, using renewable energy, natural building materials, plastic use, employing locals, offering educational classes, serving the community are just a few of the things you can look for when scouting a sustainable hotel. And don’t be afraid to ask questions! They will be thrilled to share with you their sustainability efforts.
Life Beyond the Room encourages our travelers to step off the beaten path, beyond the hotel room, and discover places unknown to most tourists.
Contact us to help you plan the trip of a lifetime!