How to Support the Travel Industry from Home Posted December 1, 2020
It goes without saying that this year has been unlike anything the travel industry has ever seen before. We are setting our sights on operating tours in 2021 and 2022, but we also recognize (more than most companies) the strain that this year has placed on folks who depend on tourism for their livelihood. As a travel lover, your curiosity and open-mindedness has directly benefited so many organizations and individuals in the places you’ve visited.
And although travel remains halted, you can still support these many worthy causes and organizations in their hour of need. Below are a few options to consider, from local ideas to those in far-flung destinations.
While by no means a comprehensive list, the organizations below rank highly in their respective fields. Supporting them (and others like them) means investing in a cleaner, healthier, safer world for future travel.
UNESCO – This nonprofit, intergovernmental organization is tasked with protecting 1,000+ World Heritage Sites across the globe. Ranging from buildings like the Taj Mahal to entire city (like Quito in Ecuador), these sites have been decreed to have unique cultural, historic, or scientific significance, and UNESCO keeps them clean, safe, in good repair, and available for everyone to visit.
World Wildlife Fund – Founded in 1961, the WWF is the world’s largest conservation organization, and focuses on wilderness preservation and the reduction of human impact on the environment.
Clean Air Task Force – The Clean Air Task Force leads the fight against air pollution, and its harmful effects on our global climate, through a variety of methods. They’re headquartered in Boston, MA, and boast over 20 years of experience in the climate change fight.
Charity: Water – This organization makes clean water available to people in developing nations. Their promise is that 100% of your donation will go towards getting clean drinking water to those in need.
Coalition for Rainforest Nations – This unique organization brings together 53 tropical, forested nations across the globe to work collaboratively on preserving their rainforests.
Local Help Abroad
While supporting the above charities is always a positive thing, it’s the smaller, less visible members of the travel industry that need our help most. Pick a favorite destination you’ve been to, or one that you’re hoping to visit soon, and consider the following options:
- Donating to the local historical society
- Supporting a museum, art gallery or artist, either via donation or purchase
- Find out the organization that maintains a favorite site or landmark, and support them
- Use the internet to search for and purchase local art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, food, or drink from your favorite destinations
Local Help Near You
Of course, the pandemic has affected everyone, including the local businesses in your area. We recommend that you start (or continue) to support these small shops. Here’s how:
- Purchase a National Parks pass, and visit your local national parks
- Purchase food and drinks from local restaurants
- Visit locally owned stores instead of large national chains
- Support local artists, wildlife resources, craftspeople, and farms/farmers
- Tip servers, delivery people, and others well
We are all in this together, and your support of any of these worthy causes can help to keep the travel industry, and the good people behind it, moving forward until world travel can safely resume.