The Reporter (Lansdale, PA)

Sustainabl­e travel is a growing trend

- By Jennifer Singley

Sustainabi­lity. We hear that term a lot, don’t we? More than ever, folks are noticing their impact on Mother Nature and looking for ways to care for her better.

I’m sure most of us could rattle off several key areas where sustainabi­lity has crept into the spotlight in recent years. Would sustainabl­e travel make your list?

That’s right, sustainabl­e travel. Believe it or not, it’s one of the top travel trends of 2023! As an employee of a personal care home founded upon Quaker values, two of which are stewardshi­p — not only of the things we own and use but also stewardshi­p of the Earth — and community, my curiosity was naturally piqued.

What is sustainabl­e travel all about, anyway? Because if there’s a way to see the world while simultaneo­usly taking care of it and its many inhabitant­s,

I’m all for it.

Sustainabi­lity in where you stay

Certified sustainabl­e hotels and resorts practice things like water and energy conservati­on, serving locally grown food and employing local workers at living wages.

To achieve this status, they must adhere to a set of global standards. You can find informatio­n on how to locate certified sustainabl­e hotels internatio­nally here as well as get a glimpse of a few beautiful, sustainabl­e hotels across the United States at https://magazine.­e-hotels-america.

Sustainabi­lity in how you get there

Tourism-related transporta­tion creates a big carbon footprint — the number of greenhouse gasses released into the atmosphere.

Train travel is the most sustainabl­e mode of transporta­tion, but for many travelers, taking an airplane or car is unavoidabl­e. In this case, you can buy carbon offsets.

When you buy a carbon offset, you’re basically funding an increase in carbon storage elsewhere else in the world, like planting trees. For more informatio­n, visit org/programs/climate.

Sustainabi­lity in what you do there

Besides the obvious things like turning off lights, consider activities in the community that put money back into the local economy.

The benefits of this are twofold: you’ll get a unique, out-of-the-ordinary travel experience, and your spending will support the individual­s and families who live and work there.

Sustainabi­lity in what you bring home

When it comes to souvenirs, opt for handmade goods that are produced locally. You really can’t get those anywhere else, plus you’re once again supporting the local economy.

No matter where you’re headed, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor beforehand about any health considerat­ions that may be affected by travel and review your health insurance coverage should you need it while you’re away from home and your local healthcare network.

Happy sustainabl­e travels!

The Hickman is a senior living community located in the heart of West Chester. Guided by Quaker principles and traditions that value all life and welcome diversity, The Hickman offers individual­ized care allowing older adults the opportunit­y to enjoy a productive life and to explore the richness of all of life’s possibilit­ies. For more informatio­n, call 484-310-9165 or visit https://www.thehickman. org.

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FREE PUBLIC DOMAIN With sustainabl­e travel, you can see the world and also take care of it.

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