Regenerative locations prioritise the regeneration and protection of areas over mass tourism. Several hotels and lodges have adopted this approach as the future of travel. Conservation Club intends to do the same.
An increase in mass tourism in the last decade saw the popularisation of the term “sustainable travel”, a movement that encouraged travellers and the travel industry at large to minimise their environmental and social impact. This includes initiatives such as minimising waste and plastic consumption, opting for small-group, locally-led tours, and visiting lesser-known destinations and sights.
Regenerative travel, however, takes sustainable tourism one step further. While sustainable travel aims to offset the negative impacts associated with travel, regenerative tourism is about actively improving the social or environmental conditions of your host destination
What does a “Regenerative travel” experience look like?
The regenerative travel experience isn’t just about lowering your carbon footprint or buying local – it’s about initiating real, measurable change. This means going on trips that actively work on improving the destinations you visit. In the words of the New York Times, it’s about “leaving a place better than you found it”.
At Conservation Club we partner with properties that go above and beyond your average eco-camp from protecting natural habitats and ancient monuments to investing in local education, health, and economic development. Conservation – better yet, regenerative conservation, is at the core of their operations. And travellers enable it to be this way.
Your role as a traveller?
As a traveller, your support is key to the success of regenerative travel. Without demand from visitors, the initiatives simply wouldn’t be economically viable. With this understanding, travellers need to be mindful of the fact that conscious travel and conscious destinations are going to have a set of costs associated with it. Doing things the right way means not doing cutting corners. That being said, it is our mission to shed light on a wide variety of properties that cater to all levels of traveller.
The most important role travellers play in the future of regenerative tourism is in their attitude towards sustainability, and in their willingness to support those businesses who are using travel to make the world a better place. When you decide to put your time and resources into a trip, you’re affirming that’s the type of business you want out there.
Together, we can change the future of travel in Africa… whilst contributing to conservation.
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