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10 ways to save the world while traveling
Editor October 5, 2017
The world is in your hands Photo courtesy of Porapak Apichodilok/Pexels.com
You don t have to wear a cape or have a superpower to save the world. Heroes are average people who understand that their everyday choices can make an impact. No matter how small, the decisions we make can change lives for communities all over the world.
This is especially true with travel, where deciding how you interact with local people and local economies can deeply impact the communities you re visiting. Will you buy a souvenir T-shirt at the touristy gift shop or bring home local, handmade crafts? Will you take a selfie with a tiger in captivity or will you join a scientist on safari and witness the tiger in its natural habitat?
Because the UN has dedicated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainability, we ve compiled a list of choices you can make that will not only empower the local communities you re visiting, but will bring you closer to the people who live there.
1. Book a trip while donating to a cause
Imagine if you could book some of the world s most unique hotels while donating to a meaningful cause and saving money at the same time. Kind Traveler has already created a system of hotel booking where everyone wins.
Kind Traveler is the first digital Give and Get hotel-booking platform that allows travelers to donate to charity in exchange for discounted stays at some of the world s finest hotels. For instance, you can donate toward organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank, Marine Mammal Care Center in Los Angeles, or Feeding Southern Florida and receive discounts off of your stay at any participating hotels such as Virgin Hotels, The Palms Hotel and Spa, and even the Mondrian in Los Angeles. You can see all of the participating hotels and the charities and causes Kind Traveler has partnered with here.
2. Book a hotel with a LEED certification
Hotels use a lot of energy and resources. Leaving lights on, changing towels on a daily basis and disposing of hotel soaps are just a few of the ways in which hotels aren t being ecologically savvy. To ensure your hotel is being mindful of its impact on the planet, see if your hotel has a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification.
The U.S. Green Building Council created the LEED Certification as a way to create a standard in sustainable development. The LEED Certification takes into account water consumption, energy efficiency, what materials a building is made of, as well as innovative design.
Need more recommendations? Check out the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Eco-Friendly Hotels in the United States.