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Als ik op reis ben, vind ik het belangrijk om me bewust te zijn van mijn invloed als ‘reiziger’ of ‘toerist’ op de omgeving, de dieren, de locals en mijn medereizigers. Mindful of verantwoord reizen is een heel breed begrip en er zijn duizenden (grote en kleine) manieren te bedenken waarop je je als een meer mindful reiziger kunt opstellen. Daarom vroeg ik diverse mede reisbloggers hoe zij mindful reizen met respect voor mens, cultuur dier en milieu en of ze misschien hun praktische tips wilden delen! Hun antwoorden lees je in deze blogpost.

Mindful travelling
Laura komt uit Australië, maar heeft heel de wereld over gereisd voor onder andere studie en werk. Haar grootste interesse is verantwoord reizen en vrijwilligen. Haar blog Grassroots Nomad is een geweldige informatiebron als je meer wilt weten over deze onderwerpen. Momenteel is Laura in Guatemala, waarover ze onlangs op Instagram een inspirerend verhaal deelde: “I recently visited a drop-in centre for local Indigenous youth who were victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse. Volunteer yoga teachers lead a yoga class once a month for these kids. It is incredible to see the impact that something so simple has – kids who start the class too scared to even come into the room, finish the lesson pretending they are cats, trees, or gorillas jumping around the room and smiling with the other children.”

Laura over mindful reizen:

Laura: For me, the best thing about mindful, or responsible, travel is that it is something that every type of traveller is able to work towards no matter their budget or destination. It can be anything from staying at an eco-hotel or hostel in Central America; choosing a tour company that pays porters a fair wage on the Inca Trail; or visiting an elephant sanctuary instead of riding an elephant in Thailand.

With a little research you can easily find organisations with strong connections to the local community, where your tourist dollars make an incredible difference. And it isn’t just in poorer countries. Even in London, there are tours led by the formerly homeless, or cafes which train homeless people as baristas and help them find permanent employment.

We can all make a difference and ensure that our overseas travels make a positive difference, rather than damaging the environment, economy or even the culture of the places we visit. The world is big, exciting and unique – practice mindful travel to make sure you get the most out of your trip!”
 
Mindful travelling
Debby van de reis en bohemian lifestyle blog Bohemian Dreams heeft altijd een grote passie gehad voor reizen, culturen en (de Spaanse) taal. Niet alleen studeerde ze af in deze richting, maar ook reisde ze de wereld rond en ontmoette haar grote liefde uit Nicaragua. Als yoga docente in opleiding is mindfulness iets dat haar niet vreemd is en ook op haar reizen past ze dit principe toe.

Debby:“Mindful reizen is voor mij vooral luisteren naar je hart en open zijn. Dat lukt op reis natuurlijk sowieso al stukken makkelijker dan thuis, omdat je immers voor het onbekende staat en dingen meer op je af laat komen dan de routines die je thuis in je leven hebt gesleten. Ik probeer daar het maximale uit te halen, want ik weet dat het ook weer voorbij gaat, helaas.

Dat betekent voor mij dat ik zoveel mogelijk naar ecodorpen of community’s ga die met zoveel mogelijk organisch food werken en waar yogalessen gevolgd kunnen worden, hostels die samenwerken met de lokale inwoners in plaats van rijke Europeanen (of Amerikanen, noem maar wat) die hun paleisje hebben. Omdat het kan! Hoe heerlijk is het om je eigen kokosnoot leren open te hakken op het strand na een ochtendsessie yoga.

Ook houd ik mijn reis graag zo open mogelijk. Dan kan ik ergens blijven plakken als ik me er goed voel, of juist snel m’n spullen pakken als ik het niet fijn vind. Luister naar je hart. Zo bleef ik wonen in Nicaragua en bleef in totaal 11 maanden weg in plaats van 3. Over een paar jaar wil ik daar gaan wonen. Volg je hart, echt. Dat is zo belangrijk!”
 
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Laura van de reisblog Willful and Wildhearted is een expat, die woont in Korea en daar op een kleuterschool Engelse les geeft. Als een expat blijft ze langer op één plek en leert ze veel over de lokale cultuur, wat niet altijd even leuk is trouwens, zoals je in haar laatste blog kunt lezen.

Laura: ”In my opinion, we have several responsibilities as global citizens. One of the primary focuses is understanding that everyone and everything on this earth is connected. Researching and understanding the implications of your actions prior to a trip is vital. Keen on riding on an elephants back? Did you know Asian elephants are endangered? Were you aware many of these creatures held in captivity are starved, beaten and overworked? Many die from exhaustion all for the sake of tourism. Does that align with your beliefs? If not, think twice. The wellbeing of these creatures is worth way more than a few likes on an Instagram photo.

I once spoke with a guy who complained that he got turned down from a temple in Thailand two days IN A ROW for being inappropriately dressed. Again, do your research. Otherwise it just makes you look foolish and offensive toward other cultures. Respect the animals, treat the oceans the same way you’d treat your home and smile at everyone along the way. If you’re confused about something – ask! If you’re shy, ask Google! Just don’t be “that person” mindlessly wandering the globe, ignoring morality and common sense – it’s not a good look.“
 
Mindful travelling
Melanie schrijft op haar blog Mafambani over de avonturen die ze samen met haar vriend maakt tijdens hun wereldreis. Ze is afgelopen jaar in Indonesië afgestudeerd als yogadocente en daarnaast heeft ze een passie voor boeken, gezellige café’s en gezond eten. Wanneer Melanie reist, focust ze op de kleine dingen, omdat ze weet dat ook die een verschil kunnen maken:

Melanie:”When I travel I try to think twice before I book a tour or go somewhere. There are many pictures on Instagram where people climb somewhere just to get that ‘perfect shot’. It makes me so sad when I see people ignoring local culture or don’t show respect to the sights and climb on old stones or things alike. I try to do only stuff I feel 100% comfortable with. I try to reduce plastic waste as this is such a big issue, worldwide! When I went shopping in Thailand, I would get for each drink a straw. I always took them out of the bag and gave it back to the cashier who looked at me like if something was wrong with me. In hotels, I take the soap with me so I can use it for a longer time. Saves me money and it will not end up in the waste. In countries where we can’t drink from the tab, we try to buy 5 liter bottles instead of smaller ones. It all adds up. Trying to travel mindfully over the last 10 months turned me almost into a fully vegetarian. I never expected this to happen but as we stayed quite a long time in Asia, I couldn’t accept how they treat animals. Traveling in a mindful manner doesn’t mean you’re not supposed to have fun anymore. Just make sure, no one is treated badly, you respect people and places and you don’t leave anything behind. Also double check any kind of sanctuary or places with animals. Is it really helping animals or is it only a way to make money?”
 
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Het koppel Jules en Christine van de reisblog Don’t Forget to Move zijn echte avonturiers met een passie voor het nomadenleven. Avontuurlijke reizen en verantwoordelijk toerise zijn de belangrijkste onderwerpen die zij op hun blog behandelen. Indien je dit interessant vind kun je hier hun laatste artikel over verantwoordelijk reizen vinden. Voor deze post hebben Jules en Christine het over je juist kleden tijdens het reizen.

Jules & Christine:”Respecting local cultures is a really important component of responsible and mindful travel. It may come in the form of accepting local customs you don’t understand, or being tolerant of differences that you mightn’t agree with. Or it could be a simple as dressing appropriately when traveling through that country.

When it comes to dressing, a lot of countries around the world are more conservative than the liberal West, so it’s always a good idea to research what’s appropriate and what’s not before you start packing. Most of the time it means covering up a bit more and toning down on the exposed skin.

The last people you want to be like are those tourists in Thailand, who show up to sacred sites dressed like it’s a day at the beach. We’re talking girls in bikinis and guys with their tops off. I mean, seriously! It sounds like common sense, but you’d be surprised how often it still happens.”
 
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Yalou is ook Nederlands en werd, net als ik, verliefd op het reizen in Nepal. Op haar reisblog We are the earth deelt Yalou haar ervaringen en lokale manier van reizen. Als iemand veel weet over integreren in een andere cultuur, is Yalou het wel. Lees hier haar verhaal over je volgens de culturele norm kleden tijdens het reizen:

Yalou:”It doesn’t really matter where I go, I always try to blend in with the local people who are living in the place I visit. Trying to get their manners, at least know how to say hello and thank you in their language and wear their type of clothing (which is really comfortable mostly). I understand that not every traveler is willing to do that, but I just don’t get it when people wear shorts, tops our even bikini’s in places where that is not appropriate to do. I saw this happen a lot in Asia and Morocco. The locals will never openly offend you by what you are wearing, but trust me, they will openly compliment you when you are trying to adapt. The children I taught in Nepal gave me compliments all day long when I walked into the classroom wearing a kurta one day. The same goes for Myanmar, where I made people’s day (trying to) walk around in a longyi, which is quite difficult for an untrained person. In Morocco, I got a lot of people coming to me just to say they loved seeing a tourist walking around in their Moroccan dresses and djellaba. And at the same time, all those moments made my day, because I loved feeling welcome in their country. Besides the compliments, it’s also really easy if you want to visit a holy place, since you’re wearing appropriate clothing. And when you use the temperature as an excuse for wearing short in places the locals don’t, you are only fooling yourself! Local clothes are made for their climate!”
 
Mindful travelling
Ashely schrijft op haar gloednieuwe blog I call earth home over (de voorbereiding van) haar grote reisavonturen. Ahsley’s tip voor verantwoord reizen is simpel, en daardoor vaak onderschat, maar zeer effectief. Hoe vaak nemen we wel niet onnodig plastic zakjes of verpakkingen aan? Zeker in Azië is plastic afval een groot probleem. Als iedereen een stukje meer mindful zou worden op dit gebied, kunnen we samen het groeien van de hoeveelheid plastic afval tegen gaan.

Ashley:”I always make sure I pack a reusable grocery bag! They fold up small, lightweight, and are great for those service station shops or general purchases instead of accepting plastic bags from retailers.”

Ashley’s artikel met al haar inpaktips vind je hier!
 
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CA deelt haar tips voor reizen als een veganist (en meer!) op haar blog The Dreamy Idealist. Ik vind zelf dat verantwoordelijk omgaan met de dieren die je op reis tegenkomt een heel belangrijk onderdeel is van mindful reizen!

CA: “When traveling it’s so easy to fall into auto-pilot when the exciting opportunity to meet animals comes your way. It is common to mistakenly think of animals as an attraction and their homes as a destination for travelers. So be objective, look around with a critical eye to really assess a location from the animal’s perspective. Consider the language being used, messaging and the conditions. Be certain the people are putting the animal’s best interest before your dollars.

Fortunately, with all of the devices we have in our pockets and bags we can always whip them out to do a quick search confirming that these gorgeous souls are being treated ethically and that your visitation isn’t doing them harm.”
 
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Chris van de populaire reisblog Backpacker Banter is een surfer en daarom altijd in het water te vinden. Als surfer, duiker, of snorkelfanaat is het extra belangrijk om jezelf te beschermen, zonder de zee te vervuilen!

Chris:“If you’re looking for some ocean protection I’d invest in a rashest for snorkelling, it’s lightweight and easy to pack but really cuts down the sunburn factor! For surfers out there – or anyone opening heaps of time in the water – some zinc cream for your nose/face is another good investment! If you’re sunscreening up in the tropics though try and get your hands on some coral friendly suncream…good bit of ocean karma!”

Volg Chris via zijn blog en op social media voor meer avontuur en budget reizen met zijn grote liefde. Ook voor tips om zelf te starten met reizen ben je bij Chris aan het goede adres!
 
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In hetzelfde thema van het beschermen van de oceaan, deelt Kylie van Between England and Iowa haar tips voor de do’s en don’ts tijdens het snorkelen!

Kylie:”My tip on how to be a mindful traveller is to ‘think about your actions’. I love coral reefs and snorkelling, it’s like a whole other world under the sea! But it’s such a fragile environment. No matter how pretty it is, don’t touch it! I was snorkelling in Jamaica and I saw a guy standing up in the sea, I thought he may have found a sand bank, but when I got nearly, he was standing ON TOP of the reef with his water shoes! I couldn’t believe it! Coral takes thousands of years to form! On a recent trip to the Maldives, I was shocked at how much broken dead coral there was all around where the water bungalows were located, everything in the shallow water was completely destroyed. If you’re not a strong swimmer, use a life vest or a float so if you get tired you don’t need to put your feet down and stand up. In my photo, everything you see on the sea bed is loose broken lumps of coral, there is no life left in that area at all now.”
 
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Jennifer van World on a Whim is een groot fan van spontaan reizen en risico’s nemen. De onverwachte kansen die zij pakte werden haar mooiste reisherinneringen. Over het onderwerp mindful reizen, wijst Jennifer erop dat dit ook inhoudt dat je respectvol omgaat met je medereizigers terwijl je in een hostel verblijft.

Jennifer: ”When traveling, I think its important to be mindful of how you behave at hostels, especially if you are staying in a dorm room with a bunch of strangers! When you are researching places to stay, make sure the vibe of the place fits your personality. If you show up in high heels with 3 large roller suitcases to an ecohostel on a 4th floor walk up, that might not be the right fit. Hostel websites are usually really great at giving a description of the place and the typical types of travelers who choose to stay there. Also, if you decide to go out late at night, try to be mindful of your sleeping neighbors who may have an action packed day of exploring to do the following morning. Before you head out for the night, set out your toiletries and pajamas. Ideally, use your cell phone camera light instead of turning on the room lights, although I understand sometimes that may be too difficult. It’s the little actions that have a huge impact on everyone’s stay! “
 
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Gemma en Craig van de website Two Scots Abroad zijn op een 18 maanden durende wereldreis. Voor hen is langzaam reizen de beste manier om van hun reis te genieten en mindful te reizen. Ik kan niet anders dan dit beamen!

Gemma & Craig “Fed up with the two nights here, one night there type of travel? Us too. We reached the four month travel mark, in Cuba, and suddenly travelling was tough! It definitely had an impact on our experience in the surprisingly expensive communistcountry. A month later we found the solution in Canada – slow travel. By staying in one place, Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, we not only felt zen with travel again but realised that this slow paced discovery of an area was actually a great way to help the local community and be more of a mindful traveller. We stayed at a hostel, helped make beds and talk to customers, bought snacks from the local store, used the local transport, drank in the local bars, and I volunteered at the local yoga studio! This gave us the opportunity to get to know the local businesses pretty well and in turn help raise the profile of the area by writing heaps of articles on the Coast, a gem of a place where even many Vancouverites don’t know about!”
 
Langzaam reizen, verantwoord diertoerisme, je volgens de lokale norm kleden, het beschermen van de oceaan, afval verminderen, eco projecten bezoeken en je aanpassen aan de ‘ongeschreven regels’ van een hostel werden benoemd als manieren om meer mindful te reizen. Ik wil allereerst alle reisbloggers bedanken voor hun input voor dit artikel! Ik hoop daarnaast dat deze tips jou ook inspireren op je volgende reis. Het laatste dat we nodig hebben zijn meer plekken die zo getergd worden door toerisme als Gili Trawangan bijvoorbeeld, waar de lokale moslim cultuur in de verdrukking is gekomen door luidruchtige toeristen die paddo’s eten, de hele nacht feesten en in hun bikini langs de moskee lopen. Laten we met zijn allen werken naar meer duurzaam en verantwoord toerisme!

Wat zijn jullie ideeën over mindful reizen? Zou je daar extra moeite of navraag voor doen?


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When I am travelling, I believe it’s important to be aware of the influence I have on the local environment, the animals, the locals and my fellow travellers. Mindful or responsible travel is a very broad term and there’s thousands of ways to become more mindful while travelling. That’s why I asked my favorite travel bloggers how they combine travelling with being mindful and if they have any tips on this subject. Their answers can be found in this blog post.

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Laura is from Australia, but she’s travelled all over the world for study and work. Her main interests are responsible travel and ethical volunteer tourism and her blog Grassroots Nomad is a great resource point for more information on these subjects. She’s currently in Guatemala and recently shared an inspiring story on her Instagram account: ‘I recently visited a drop-in centre for local Indigenous youth who were victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse. Volunteer yoga teachers lead a yoga class once a month for these kids. It is incredible to see the impact that something so simple has – kids who start the class too scared to even come into the room, finish the lesson pretending they are cats, trees, or gorillas jumping around the room and smiling with the other children.’

Laura: “For me, the best thing about mindful, or responsible, travel is that it is something that every type of traveller is able to work towards no matter their budget or destination. It can be anything from staying at an eco-hotel or hostel in Central America; choosing a tour company that pays porters a fair wage on the Inca Trail; or visiting an elephant sanctuary instead of riding an elephant in Thailand.

With a little research you can easily find organisations with strong connections to the local community, where your tourist dollars make an incredible difference. And it isn’t just in poorer countries. Even in London, there are tours led by the formerly homeless, or cafes which train homeless people as baristas and help them find permanent employment.

We can all make a difference and ensure that our overseas travels make a positive difference, rather than damaging the environment, economy or even the culture of the places we visit. The world is big, exciting and unique – practice mindful travel to make sure you get the most out of your trip!”
 
Mindful travelling
Debby from bohemian travel and lifestyle blog Bohemian Dreams always had a big passion for travelling, different cultures and the (Spanish) language. She didn’t only major in language and culture and international communication, but also travelled the world to meet her true love from Nicaragua. As a yoga teacher in training, mindfulness something she practices, also while travelling.

Debby:“For me, mindful travelling is mostly listening to your hear and being open. That’s of course more easy on the road anyway, because you’re more open to the unknown when you don’t have your routine. I try to always make the most of this, because I know it’s a temporary thing.

That’s the reason that I love to visit eco projects and communities while travelling. I love to learn about organic food and attend yoga classes. I support local initiatives over companies runned by rich Europeans (or Americans, fort hat matter!). I love learning how to open my own coconut on the beach, after a morning yoga session.

I also love to keep all options open. That way I can stay longer I feel at home, or leave sooner if I don’t feel like I’m in the right place. Listen to your heart! I stayed in Nicaragua for 11 months, even though I planned to stay 3. In a couple of years, my plan is to live in Nicaragua. Follow your heart, it’s really that important!”
 
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Laura from the travel blog Willful and Wildhearted is an expat, living and teaching English at a kindergarten in Korea. As an expat she’s travelling slow and knows a lot about the local culture, even though that’s not always fun and games, as you can read here in her latest article.

Laura: In my opinion, we have several responsibilities as global citizens. One of the primary focuses is understanding that everyone and everything on this earth is connected. Researching and understanding the implications of your actions prior to a trip is vital. Keen on riding on an elephants back? Did you know Asian elephants are endangered? Were you aware many of these creatures held in captivity are starved, beaten and overworked? Many die from exhaustion all for the sake of tourism. Does that align with your beliefs? If not, think twice. The wellbeing of these creatures is worth way more than a few likes on an Instagram photo.

I once spoke with a guy who complained that he got turned down from a temple in Thailand two days IN A ROW for being inappropriately dressed. Again, do your research. Otherwise it just makes you look foolish and offensive toward other cultures. Respect the animals, treat the oceans the same way you’d treat your home and smile at everyone along the way. If you’re confused about something – ask! If you’re shy, ask Google! Just don’t be “that person” mindlessly wandering the globe, ignoring morality and common sense – it’s not a good look. “
 
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Melanie writes on her blog Mafambani about her adventures from her trip around the world with her boyfriend. She graduated as a yoga teacher in Indonesia this year and has a passion for books, nice cafés and healthy food. When she is travelling, she focusses on the little things because she knows that’s the way to make a difference too.

Melanie: “When I travel I try to think twice before I book a tour or go somewhere. There are many pictures on Instagram where people climb somewhere just to get that ‘perfect shot’. It makes me so sad when I see people ignoring local culture or don’t show respect to the sights and climb on old stones or things alike. I try to do only stuff I feel 100% comfortable with. I try to reduce plastic waste as this is such a big issue, worldwide! When I went shopping in Thailand, I would get for each drink a straw. I always took them out of the bag and gave it back to the cashier who looked at me like if something was wrong with me. In hotels, I take the soap with me so I can use it for a longer time. Saves me money and it will not end up in the waste. In countries where we can’t drink from the tab, we try to buy 5 liter bottles instead of smaller ones. It all adds up. Trying to travel mindfully over the last 10 months turned me almost into a fully vegetarian. I never expected this to happen but as we stayed quite a long time in Asia, I couldn’t accept how they treat animals. Traveling in a mindful manner doesn’t mean you’re not supposed to have fun anymore. Just make sure, no one is treated badly, you respect people and places and you don’t leave anything behind. Also double check any kind of sanctuary or places with animals. Is it really helping animals or is it only a way to make money?”
 
Mindful travelling
Couple Jules and Christine from the travel blog Don’t Forget to Move are adventurers by heart with a big passion for living a nomad life. Adventure travel and responsible tourism is what they write about. They recently published an article on travelling responsibly, you can find it here. For this post, Jules and Christine talk about dressing appropriately with respect to local culture when travelling.

Jules & Christine: “Respecting local cultures is a really important component of responsible and mindful travel. It may come in the form of accepting local customs you don’t understand, or being tolerant of differences that you mightn’t agree with. Or it could be a simple as dressing appropriately when traveling through that country.

When it comes to dressing, a lot of countries around the world are more conservative than the liberal West, so it’s always a good idea to research what’s appropriate and what’s not before you start packing. Most of the time it means covering up a bit more and toning down on the exposed skin.

The last people you want to be like are those tourists in Thailand, who show up to sacred sites dressed like it’s a day at the beach. We’re talking girls in bikinis and guys with their tops off. I mean, seriously! It sounds like common sense, but you’d be surprised how often it still happens.”
 
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Yalou is Dutch and, just like me, fell in love with travelling in Nepal. On her blog We are the earth she talks about her experiences and local style of travelling. Because if someone knows all about integrating in a new culture – it has to be Yalou. Read her story on dressing according to the local culture while travelling.

Yalou: “It doesn’t really matter where I go, I always try to blend in with the local people who are living in the place I visit. Trying to get their manners, at least know how to say hello and thank you in their language and wear their type of clothing (which is really comfortable mostly). I understand that not every traveler is willing to do that, but I just don’t get it when people wear shorts, tops our even bikini’s in places where that is not appropriate to do. I saw this happen a lot in Asia and Morocco. The locals will never openly offend you by what you are wearing, but trust me, they will openly compliment you when you are trying to adapt. The children I taught in Nepal gave me compliments all day long when I walked into the classroom wearing a kurta one day. The same goes for Myanmar, where I made people’s day (trying to) walk around in a longyi, which is quite difficult for an untrained person. In Morocco, I got a lot of people coming to me just to say they loved seeing a tourist walking around in their Moroccan dresses and djellaba. And at the same time, all those moments made my day, because I loved feeling welcome in their country. Besides the compliments, it’s also really easy if you want to visit a holy place, since you’re wearing appropriate clothing. And when you use the temperature as an excuse for wearing short in places the locals don’t, you are only fooling yourself! Local clothes are made for their climate!”
 
Mindful travelling
Ashely from I call earth home is writing about her big travel adventures on her brand new blog. Ashley’s tip for mindful travelling is simple yet very effective – too often we take plastic bags and wrappers and it’s not necessary. I everyone would travel a bit more mindfully we can together stop the ever growing amount of plastic waste!

Ashley:”I always make sure I pack a reusable grocery bag! They fold up small, lightweight, and are great for those service station shops or general purchases instead of accepting plastic bags from retailers.”

Ashley’s full packing tips can be found here!
 
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CA shares her tips for travelling as a vegan and more on her blog The dreamy idealist. Being mindful about the animals you affect when you visit them is a huge part of being a responsible traveller.

CA: “When traveling it’s so easy to fall into auto-pilot when the exciting opportunity to meet animals comes your way. It is common to mistakenly think of animals as an attraction and their homes as a destination for travelers. So be objective, look around with a critical eye to really assess a location from the animal’s perspective. Consider the language being used, messaging and the conditions. Be certain the people are putting the animal’s best interest before your dollars.

Fortunately, with all of the devices we have in our pockets and bags we can always whip them out to do a quick search confirming that these gorgeous souls are being treated ethically and that your visitation isn’t doing them harm.”
 
Mindful travelling
Chris from Backpacker Banter is a surfer and therefore you can basically always find him in the water. Being a surfer, or snorkeller or diver, means that you have to be mindful of yourself and the ocean and protect yourself properly!

Chris:“If you’re looking for some ocean protection I’d invest in a rashest for snorkelling, it’s lightweight and easy to pack but really cuts down the sunburn factor! For surfers out there – or anyone opening heaps of time in the water – some zinc cream for your nose/face is another good investment! If you’re sunscreening up in the tropics though try and get your hands on some coral friendly suncream…good bit of ocean karma!”

Follow Chris on his blog and social media for adventure and budget travel and all the tips to get you started to live a life of travel as well!
 
Mindful travelling
In the same theme of ocean protection, Kylie from Between England and Iowa, wanted to share her tip on ocean conservation too.

Kylie:”My tip on how to be a mindful traveller is to ‘think about your actions’. I love coral reefs and snorkelling, it’s like a whole other world under the sea! But it’s such a fragile environment. No matter how pretty it is, don’t touch it! I was snorkelling in Jamaica and I saw a guy standing up in the sea, I thought he may have found a sand bank, but when I got nearly, he was standing ON TOP of the reef with his water shoes! I couldn’t believe it! Coral takes thousands of years to form! On a recent trip to the Maldives, I was shocked at how much broken dead coral there was all around where the water bungalows were located, everything in the shallow water was completely destroyed. If you’re not a strong swimmer, use a life vest or a float so if you get tired you don’t need to put your feet down and stand up. In my photo, everything you see on the sea bed is loose broken lumps of coral, there is no life left in that area at all now.”
 
Mindful travelling
Jennifer from World on a whim is a big fan of spontaneous travel. The chances she took gave her the best experiences while travelling. On the subject of mindful travelling, Jennifer points out travelling mindfully also includes being mindful in regards to your fellow travellers at the hostel!

Jennifer: “When traveling, I think its important to be mindful of how you behave at hostels, especially if you are staying in a dorm room with a bunch of strangers! When you are researching places to stay, make sure the vibe of the place fits your personality. If you show up in high heels with 3 large roller suitcases to an ecohostel on a 4th floor walk up, that might not be the right fit. Hostel websites are usually really great at giving a description of the place and the typical types of travelers who choose to stay there. Also, if you decide to go out late at night, try to be mindful of your sleeping neighbors who may have an action packed day of exploring to do the following morning. Before you head out for the night, set out your toiletries and pajamas. Ideally, use your cell phone camera light instead of turning on the room lights, although I understand sometimes that may be too difficult. It’s the little actions that have a huge impact on everyone’s stay! “
 
Mindful travelling
Gemma & Craig from the trave blog Two Scots Abroad are on a 18 month career break while they are travelling the world. For them, travelling slow is the best way to travel mindfully and enjoy their experience most. I am very much with them on this point!

Gemma & Craig “Fed up with the two nights here, one night there type of travel? Us too. We reached the four month travel mark, in Cuba, and suddenly travelling was tough! It definitely had an impact on our experience in the surprisingly expensive communistcountry. A month later we found the solution in Canada – slow travel. By staying in one place, Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, we not only felt zen with travel again but realised that this slow paced discovery of an area was actually a great way to help the local community and be more of a mindful traveller. We stayed at a hostel, helped make beds and talk to customers, bought snacks from the local store, used the local transport, drank in the local bars, and I volunteered at the local yoga studio! This gave us the opportunity to get to know the local businesses pretty well and in turn help raise the profile of the area by writing heaps of articles on the Coast, a gem of a place where even many Vancouverites don’t know about!”

So much aspects of travelling mindfully are covered by the tips from the travelbloggers that contributed to this blog, thanks a lot guys! Slow travel, responsible animal tourism, dressing appropriately, ocean protection, waste reducing, visiting eco projects and hostels and adapting in hostels were mentioned. I hope these tips help to realise how easy it can be to change your impact on the people and environment of a certain destination. The last thing we need is more destinations like Gili Trawangan for example, where many tourist don’t respect local muslim culture, eat mushrooms, party all all night and walk around the mosque in bikini. Let’s work towards sustainable and mindful travelling together on our next trip!

How do you feel about mindful travelling? Would you be willing to make a change?

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6 Comments

  • Reply Anne

    Wat schitterend om al die verschillende verhalen van al die verschillende mensen te lezen. Super mooi en inspirerend!
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    10 February 2016 at 16:23
  • Reply Gemma

    Reusable grocery bag – winner! Saving all the sea life. Great post, thank you for featuring us!
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    10 February 2016 at 18:09
  • Reply Kylie

    So many great tips! Thanks for featuring me :)
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    10 February 2016 at 20:45
  • Reply Jules

    Thanks so much for featuring us among so many other great mindful travel tips! What an excellent list :)

    11 February 2016 at 04:06
  • Reply Laura @ Grassroots Nomad

    It is great to read so many amazing mindful travel tips! Thanks so much for featuring me! :)
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    13 February 2016 at 00:45
  • Reply Melanie

    What a great mix of people and strategies on how to be more mindful when traveling. Thanks for having me Iris. Loved all the other contributions as well.
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    16 February 2016 at 19:24
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