With so many human and animal rights issues happening in 2018, 2019 will most likely be a year in which travelers choose travel companies that provide ethical experiences. Traveling socially aware means to be aware of the culture, customs, ecosystems and issues faced in the destinations you’re visiting.
Millennials are reportedly the most socially-conscious travelers. According to OnePoll, 86 percent of adults aged 18-29 consider it important that booking companies offer sustainable options. Ninety percent of adults aged 18-29 consider ethical travel important when booking with a company, and around 86 percent would spend more on their travel if it meant the experiences are completely ethical.
Give Back on Vacation
For your 2019 trip, consider learning something crucial for the country you’re visiting. If you visit Nevis, for example, it is strongly advised not to interfere with hatching turtles, as the island is a busy nesting ground and all turtle species are highly endangered. Or, the Caribbean’s coral reefs are endangered by a large number of factors, including climate change, diseases and overfishing. Giving back to the community while visiting the island countries will help preserve these precious ecosystems. Check out some of the new socially-conscious travel companies like Operation Groundswell—they offer trips that allow people to volunteer in local communities.
Inclusive Travel Options
Safety is also of great importance to travelers of all ages, genders, ethnicities and sexual orientations, and support systems are further on the rise. Online platforms like Destination Pride offer travelers a LGBT+ ranking of their chosen destination and many organizations plan on offering better support for women traveling solo. One such organization is Women Traveling Together, which offers safe, high-quality group vacations for women otherwise traveling by themselves.