A week in the Adirondacks taught me some important lessons in sustainable travel.
Sustainable travel may conjure up visions of a bohemian nomad sleeping in a solar paneled yurt, chomping down on sprouts and kale. And some days that doesn't sound half bad! But you don't have to dress like a hippy or love the great outdoors to embrace sustainable travel and reap its many rewards. To me, it is simply supporting locations, activities, attractions, and businesses whose philosophies and practices balance ecological, economical, and community needs.
Doing so doesn't cost you any more than non-sustainable travel. In fact, it might save you money! But you won't just be feeling the benefits in your wallet. You'll feel it in your heart as well, as sustainable travel makes marvelous memories. Here's how I made some of mine in the Adirondacks region of New York.
Sustainable travel is... chatting with locals.
Ken pointed out so many things I would have missed, from the work of a woodpecker to a benign looking invasive plant. And we also had a chance to chat about regular things too, like what he did before he retired, his wife's volunteer work as a gardener, and local politics. Yep, it's that easy! Talking with a local! No weird forced interactions or awkward encounters, just a bit of discourse about things you both care about.
Sustainable travel is... thinking outside the box.
Sustainable travel is...taking things to the next level.
Sustainable travel... is a value minded traveler's best friend.
What does sustainable travel mean to you?
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My time in the Adirondacks was facilitated by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and I thank them for their support.