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  • Illustrations Estefania Loret de Mola
  • Date 09 July 2021

Thanks to the pandemic and the climate emergency, traveling, especially long-distance travel, has become far less commonplace and far more considered. But that is not necessarily a bad thing.

If we are going to continue to travel less, but better, in the future and maybe take longer to get to our destinations by paying more attention to how we travel as well as where and why, then it becomes even more important to choose the right place and to learn to really treasure that journey when we take it. The good traveler is a considerate and respectful traveler who moves with the lightest of steps possible and equips both mind and body for their journeys. To get closer to this goal, we have started a mental packing list to share. It is one we intend to keep working on, as best we can, one step at a time...

BP The Good Traveler 01

- Traveling is precious. Why we make a journey is as important as how.

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BP The Good Traveler 02

- Travel with humility and respect. We are not here to dominate or exploit nature or societies, but to be part of them.

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- Think holistically. The world is a complex system: how we behave affects not just animals, objects, and individuals, but biospheres, cultures, and communities.

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- Travel regeneratively. Our aim should always be to have an additive impact rather than a subtractive one.

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- Take fewer trophies. See, appreciate, enjoy, and respect: bringing back what you have learned is one of the greatest gifts of traveling.

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- Never stop learning. Traveling is always an education: encountering different places, communities and cultures can open both minds and hearts.

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- Transparency is empowerment. Ask where things come from, how they are made, and who is providing the services under what conditions, so that you can make informed choices.

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- Technology is a tool, not a destination. It should be smart, non-intrusive, and support a regenerative lifestyle. You should also be able to turn it off.

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- Leave your baggage behind. Go forward to meet new people, have new experiences in new environments, be respectful, and endeavor to connect with and listen to the locals.

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- Slow down. Understanding that the best journeys are not a race against time allows us to pause, focus, and truly appreciate encounters.

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BP The Good Traveler Poster A3
BP The Good Traveler Poster B3

As a gift to our Community, we’ve created a free downloadable poster to inspire us all to become better travelers, one step at a time…

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