Travel is a fulfilling experience providing the chance to open your eyes to new cultures, view the world from different perspectives and connect with people and places on a deeper level.
Yet as the tourism industry grows, so does the impact on the environment. With International Day of Charity just around the corner, The Travel Corporation in conjunction with the The Travel Corporation would like to share their top five meaningful travel experiences aimed to ensure that environment and communities remain vibrant and preserved for generations to come.
Peruvian heritage is one of the richest in the world and textile weaving is amongst the country’s oldest traditions. The Centre for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) was established in 1996 to maintain Peruvian cultural heritage and generate income to fund education, improve housing and medical care for the community. As part of Trafalgar’s unique #TrafalgarCares program, travellers on the eight-day Highlights of Peru Guided Holiday can visit CTTC to discover the meaning behind the ancient Incan textile designs and help support the centre’s quest to preserve weaving traditions.
India is a land of contrasts and colours, stunning landscapes and life-changing cultural enrichment. It is, however, also a country with incredible poverty. On Trafalgar’s 13-day Leisurely Rajasthan with Mumbai, travellers can opt to extend their trip to visit the Salam Baalak Trust in rural Rajasthan to learn about the rehabilitation of street children and participate in a sustainable development project alongside local families.
Phillip Island, Australia
AAT Kings partners with Phillip Island Nature Parks to help protect Australia’s coastal wildlife. On multiple AAT Kings day trip options from Melbourne to Phillip Island, guests can go on a wildlife journey through the island followed by the sunset Penguin Parade, where they can witness the natural phenomenon of little fairy penguins emerging from the sea and marching across the beach to their burrows.
West Linton, Scotland
Whitmuir Organic Farm is a community-owned space that is pioneering a new model of land ownership and use. The non-profit Whitmuir Community Benefit Society, along with contributions from Insight Vacations and TreadRight Foundation, work to develop the farm into a learning space for visitors to engage in sustainable food practices. Insight Vacations guests on the nine-day Best of Britain escorted journey will visit Whitmuir Farm as a Signature Experience to learn about organic farming and its many benefits.
The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is dedicated to saving Australia’s native species’ and treats an average of 7,500 sick, injured and orphaned wildlife patients every year. AAT Kings and the TreadRight Foundation help the hospital continue to provide care for endangered animals and educate its guests about the hospital’s commitment to wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism on its guided holidays such as the 11-day Tropical Islands and Rainforest.