The Young Impactmakers Community hosted a Sustainable Travels event and invited impact-driven enterprises to pitch their ideas on environmentally and socially responsible ways of travelling. These were:
The Turn Club’s Green Culture training camp: An initiative set up to combine the Green Culture World conference in Montenegro with a sustainable return trip by train. The idea is to support the cause from the moment you step on the train and to start sharing ideas with like-minded changemakers.
We found out that travelling far and irresponsibly doesn’t just have a social or environmental impact. It also affects the travellers themselves, who spend precious time and energy stuck in passport control or on 11-hour flights, to give just a few examples. The first lesson of the evening was that consumers should become aware of the true personal cost of travelling, which is more than just financial!
However, travelling has many benefits: from experiencing new cultures to reconnecting to nature and time to unwind! Instead of giving these up, we should question our habits and ask ourselves: “Do I really need to fly across the world to go hiking? Is there a closer and equally beautiful alternative?” Such questions bring us to the evening’s second lesson: travelling less and to nearby destinations is better for both the environment and local economies!