Travel now more than ever!
For some green pearls, it is a bit difficult: terroristic attacks and political instability make travelers a bit hesitant when choosing a destination. But travel warnings and cautions often influence the wrong people: many people and families are often nurtured by tourism.
It thereby is very important to travel consciously and support locals during these difficult times.
Because conscious travel does not only mean to pay attention to environment and resources, but especially support inhabitants and regions locally.
Just by choosing an eco-friendly hotel, you automatically support the recruitment of locals, their fair wages and the purchase of local goods.
This is why I am showing you three summer accommodations, where their initiatives contribute to better living conditions of locals.
Turkey: Integration at a green Beach Resort
Green, turquoise, but especially colorful: these are the colors that guests associate with the sustainable Gloria Verde Resort in Belek, Antalya. Especially in the families treasure the peaceful location in midst of a shady pine forest directly at the Mediterranean. Also unbeatable is the comprehensive sport, wellness and entertainment program. Children are enthused with costume games and water olympics in the Gogi Kids Club, while mommy enjoys a turquoise bath and daddy practices the right drive on the in-house golf course.
For many years, Gloria Hotels & Resorts support local projects for education, environment, art and social commitment. In the hotels, locals with down syndrome receive education and jobs, among others.
Maldives: Diving spectacles and small hearts
In our summer, it is rain season on the Maldives – at least officially. Inofficially, the sun still shines for several hours a day after a few showers and storms. Love diving? Then get excited about the many plankton in front of the private island Fonimagoodhoo in the middle of the Indian Ocean: mantas and whale sharks now arrive for dinner.
Just by booking Reethi Beach Resort, you already do good, as their credo is environmental protection and social commitment. The hotel supports school projects, helps with waste management on three islands of the Goidhoo Atoll, acts as a selling platform for local handy work products and supports the NGO “Tiny Hearts”, which takes care of local children with heart conditions.
Peru: Jungle hikes and family visits
Getting to know the green lung of the earth with all senses: in the Peruvian Amazonas, Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica sensitizes their guests for the unique surrounding. On the “excursion menu”, there are eleven excursions, from the visit of an indigenous family to jungle hikes by night all the way to canopy experiences high up in the treetops.
The eco lodge was built over 40 years ago and designed with the NGO “Inka Terra Association” at the same time, in order to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of this rainforest region. Inkaterra makes it possible for young local students of lower status to attend a volunteer program, but also teaches the indigenous tribes the techniques of beekeeping and sustainable agriculture.