The year 2020 certainly changed our outlook on travel, but has it changed our approach?
The way we see something versus how we choose to act on it will dramatically impact the planet and the tourism industry's future.
Now that we know things must change for the better, will we continue to turn a blind eye? Or will we come together as a collective and act!
With our new eco-conscious mindset in play, what exactly should we do next?
This article will highlight my outlook on sustainable travel and list My Top 5 Sustainable Travel Actions that I am personally taking to reduce my negative impact.
I don't believe that there is a 100% perfect way to travel; however, I trust that it comes down to something as simple as our choices.
I want to encourage myself and my readers to make the most mindful or responsible choice available.
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
Sustainable Travel Action No 1:
Following A Vegan Lifestyle & Saying No To Animal Cruelty
This will by now come as no surprise given the massive following the vegan movement has sparked in recent years. The global pandemic of Covid-19 has awakened many to consider both their wellbeing and the importance of strong mental and physical health. What we eat is directly responsible for the balance of our body, mind and soul.
The animal welfare industry, animal agriculture and factory farming have one thing in common; they are 100% no longer sustainable. No matter if you are on the side of animal rights or the side of health when it comes to choosing to go vegan (or both), we can’t ignore that eating animals is detrimental to the future of our planet.
Harvard University researcher Samuel Myers said, “the global environmental footprint associated with meat consumption is enormous.”
Going vegan is the single most important thing you can do if you want to be a sustainable traveller. You can take no more significant action in 2021 than to reduce or eliminate your intake of meat and dairy.
Producing food from plant sources has been shown to have a much lower ecological footprint.
I choose to be vegan every day. Because I can, it is not a matter of power or money, but of mindfulness and dedication to living a life that causes as little harm as possible to myself and animals. The good news is you can too!
I have been travelling full time for the last 15 months as a vegan in Southeast Asia. The plant-based options here are endless, delicious, healthy and affordable. I can purchase a meal of rice, vegetables, tofu and tempeh, and it will cost less than the same dish with chicken, fish and egg.
Everyone I have met on my plant-based journey has been kind, encouraging and finding community is very important.
Benefits of going vegan today: