Listen, here at Travel Divas, we’re all about travel as a form of escape, even recharging and relaxation. But there’s nothing like traveling intentionally with a goal of refueling your own cup while serving others.
Purpose-driven travel can be a rewarding way to share your gifts and services with communities in far-flung countries that hold space for you to let go and just be.
Divas like Roxie never miss a chance to practice purposeful travel because they love that sense of giving back and purpose while doing something they’re already passionate about – traveling!
Here are a few ways you can lean into the concept of purposeful travel and elevate your self-care in the process:
Minimize Your Ecological Impact
While tourism is wonderful for those of us who are tourists, it can have an unwelcome impact on the communities you visit.
Take a look at Hawaii for example. A constant stream of visitors has adversely impacted the state’s natural beauty and biodiversity. Traveling purposefully can help ensure your footprint on a destination’s climate and culture isn’t one that causes negative effects.
The same way gentrification affects so many of our neighborhoods – tourism can do the same. Traveling purposefully helps keep the culture and what makes that destination so magical intact.
Support the Local Economy
When it comes to trip accommodations – you can certainly choose big chain hotels, but staying at locally owned spots helps pour resources back into the community.
The same goes for where you eat – dining at local restaurants keeps those businesses alive.
When buying gifts for your friends and family, visit local shops and buy directly from artisans and co-ops whenever possible.
If you love to volunteer, go that route! Take a day during a solo trip and volunteer doing something you love. It could be teaching English, art, building a school, or helping out locally.
There are endless options to indulge in travel that benefits both you and your destination.