What is conscious travel?
Conscious travellers care
Handmade, artisanal items are desired above cheap mass-produced products. Recycling and composting are gaining ground. People are carrying reuseable water bottles, coffee cups and shopping bags. Fast fashion is being eschewed by many in favour of long-wear pieces and capsule wardrobes. Upcycling is a movement, as is mending items instead of throwing them away. Secondhand and vintage shopping have dedicated fans. Indigenous, waterwise gardening is a growing trend. Folks want to buy organic, cruelty-free skincare products. They also want organic, seasonal produce. And they look to see where items are produced, and try to buy local.
Conscious travel is about human rights and sustaining communities, not just about environmentalism.
The conscious traveller is mindful
No longer content with mass tourism, people are becoming more value conscious and are seeking meaningful experiences, immersing themselves within their surroundings to establish longer-lasting connections and gain a better understanding of the world and its people.
Credo of the peaceful traveller
Journey with an open mind and gentle heart Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life Appreciate all cultures I discover Respect and thank my hosts for their welcome Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet Support travel services that share these views and act upon them and, By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peac e
6 ways to start being a conscious traveller
1. Visit developing destinations
2. Choose accommodation that benefits the local economy
3. Use only local guides
4. Look after the environment
5. Shop locally
6. Act respectfully and engage fully