As travelers, we’re eager to see and celebrate the miracles of our planet, whether marveling at the icebergs of Antarctica, watching Alaska’s breaching whales, or sampling the traditions and cuisines of eastern Africa.
More and more, we also yearn to explore in ways that protect and contribute. Many of us count ourselves among the legions who would like our travel to have a positive social impact on destinations and local communities, so that they thrive for generations to come. We not only want to go—we also want to make going good.
Celine Cousteau, wildlife filmmaker, granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau and contributor to the Well-Traveled with AAA podcast, suggests one way to do so: Be mindful of the companies with which you travel. “What are their policies toward animals? What hotels do they frequent?” she asks. “Some hotels are more sustainable than others—for example, using water-conscious practices and employing locals rather than bringing in outsiders. If you choose with thought, you can explore the world while making a difference in the process.”
To help travelers make a positive impact, AAA is a member of Tourism Cares and partners with travel providers that are taking actionable steps to help people, the planet and wildlife. It’s good to know that when you travel with AAA, you’re supporting this crucial triad.