Would you still visit a place if you couldn’t take a photo of it?
Does treading the beaten path really give you the type of travel experiences you’re after? 🌏
We’ve paired up with @kathmandugear
with the goal to help spread the message on being a more mindful traveller.
As people who live on the road full time, learning about this issue has been a real eye opener. 🙌🏼
We’re not going to lie, we’ve made mistakes as tourists in the past.
A lot of our travels ARE influenced by the places we see on social media, and we’re not saying that’s a bad thing.
SM can be an amazing tool to help open your eyes to places outside your front door and urge you to get out and explore. 🏃🏽♀️
But we’ve also experienced first hand the negative effect that so many visitors to a “hot spot” can have;
Overcrowding, noise, the push on local resources, not to mention litter (toilet and otherwise) being an ever-present problem. 🧻
Seeing a place just to take a cool selfie and tick it off your Instagram bucket list shouldn’t be what travel is about, and if it is, we’re afraid you’re missing out. 🗺
Our best experiences by far are the ones where we left behind the well-worn tourist track and discovered somewhere beyond the hashtag.
Like the day we came across this view. 👆🏼
The nearby 12 Apostles were crawling with wave upon wave of tourists, and in the noise and chaos you could barely hear yourself think.
So we ditched the crowds and tried exploring the oft-missed places nearby, before coming across this little spot off a dirt road. We were there for hours hanging out, watching the waves, taking a few pictures and we never saw another soul.
All we could think was “THIS is what this beautiful bit of coast is all about. Do you think the rest of them know what they’re missing?...” 🌊
We all have a part to play as travellers - in choosing where - and how we travel.
If you were being honest, would you call yourself a helpful or harmful traveller?
Head to the link in our bio to check out the fantastic docos Kathmandu have put together and to learn more.
It’s well worth it. 👍🏻🌏