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Sustainable Tourism

December 20, 2016

 

 

 

Although I hate to admit it, for awhile my drive to travel has been driven by my lack in humanity. 

 

Let me explain. 

 

There are very few 'untouched' places in this world. Even fewer places where the locals and travelers respect the land enough to take care of it. I am so quick to dismiss a trip to Bali due to the hundreds of people flocking there every day. But imagine what it was like before travelers found paradise. Just local people living on their land in what 99.9% of people around the world consider paradise. 

 

There are very few 'untouched' places in this world. Even fewer places where the locals and travelers respect the land enough to take care of it. I am so quick to dismiss a trip to Bali due to the hundreds of people flocking there every day. But imagine what it was like before travelers found paradise. Just local people living on their land in what 99.9% of people around the world consider paradise. 

 

 

So I tend to plan my travel with the mindset, 'I better see this place before society learns about it and ruins it'. Yes, I am aware that I am part of the problem. I am one of the travelers seeking corners of the world that have not been ruined and sharing about it on social media - in turn promoting what I am complaining about.

 

But that's life - full of contradictions. 

 

I grew up in a city. I have recently moved to Hawke's Bay, New Zealand to live where my husband grow up. And my life has changed a bit. I still daydream about where we will travel next. But most of the time I only dream of visiting home, Fort Lauderdale, Florida to see my family. 

 

New Zealand is an untouched corner of the world. I find it's pretty behind in lots of things and that is what makes it great. When I first came to New Zealand my impression was dominated by it's beauty. After a bit I realized that the people were equally as lovely. I mean, people still hitchhike here! 

 

 

They treat their land in the highest regard and when you come here and see it, you'll know why. I think when you grow up in a city you loose touch with nature and here in New Zealand the nature is so in your face beautiful that is is hard to ignore. Leaving the people no option but to care about what happens to their land. They feel connected to it. 

 

We started this company in order to promote what tourism should be. Visitors learning and spending time with locals. Rather than visiting the tourist traps of the world - come see how locals live. This type of travel promotes sustainable tourism. We simply open our doors to travelers, both learning from each other.

 

I feel lucky to live in a place like New Zealand. 

 

Come see why.

 

 

 

 

 

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