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Chapter 5. The meaty represents impact travel

The meaty bit: this is the bit we all want and it’s here to represent positive impact travel.

The meat: Pick your ham wisely or change it for turkey or roast beef or mushrooms if you want to keep it veggie but make sure it’s gooood.

¨Positive impact can happen in various forms. We’re all different humans who lead different lives. I cannot guarantee that your experiences will be the same if we do the exact same volunteering gig or stay with the exact same family but one thing I can guarantee is the possibility of learning a lot about a culture that is far away from yours. When you go home, you’ll come back a different person – a person whom you never thought you’d be.” Trisha Velarmino of P.S I’m On My Way

This kind of travel doesn’t necessarily involve volunteering, planting a tree or cleaning a beach. One of the ways in which positive impact starts is through cultural immersion, this can affect you as a traveller but also as a local within your city and community. It teaches us tolerance through appreciating cultural differences and can bring us closer together to develop a mutual understanding.

¨The rise of transformational travel — trips that add meaning to one’s life — as a trend that can motivate consumers to continue to explore the world despite a drumbeat of incidents that might otherwise suppress travel.¨ Arnie Weissmann.

“Impact experiences provide a unique opportunity for travelers and locals to connect and learn from each other. One issue travelers face is difficulty getting off the beaten tourist track and understanding what daily life is like in these countries. If executed well, this trend allows locals to bring foreigners into their community on their own terms and for travelers to learn about local life in a respectful and meaningful way.” Aviv Hochbaum These are the meaty opinions that keep me going!
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