As with many other millennials, travelling is a great passion of mine. Nothing beats the joy of discovering a hidden paradise, exploring new cultures, enjoying delicious local food and most of all to experience this amazing planet and all its incredible secrets.
But like everything in life, tourism comes at a price. It may not always be visible but us travellers leave big tracks behind. Amongst those consequences are irresponsible transport and housing, strain on already scare resources such as clean water, an increasing amount of waste and the way the local community process it, damage and destruction of ecological area’s, exploitation of animals for human entertainment and heightened vulnerability to deforestation, as well as pressure on endangered species of animals and plants.
So should we all stop travelling and stay at home? The answer is no. The international tourism industry is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. Through traveling we contribute to a countries welfare by providing thousands of jobs, enabling millions of livelihoods and conserving hundreds of kilometers of land an sea. We can actually make great impact while travelling and therefore it is most important to make the right choices. To support local communities instead of big resorts, to support wildlife instead of abused animal entertainment and to conserve unique ecosystems instead of destroying it.
Being aware of this ourselves, my husband and I spend hours on finding the perfect spot while planning a trip. We always look for spots away from the commercial tourist traps, where we can enjoy the country with respect and support for the local community, nature and wildlife. And although the search for the perfect trip can cause some frustration every now and than, it has never let us down. We have had plenty of great travels, met the most inspiring people and always return back home happy and a little (world)wiser.
These trips and experiences inspired me to start The Green Track, a travellers blog with the worlds must visit unique eco-friendly places and tips for easy but well considered travellers choices. Spots that are off the beaten track and ensure you a great and unique trip with minimal footprint but maximal impact. To encourage eco-conscious travels to follow the green track ourselves and, maybe even more important, to leave a green track behind for the many generations to come.