Five ways to give back to travel destinations you care about

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Travel can be exhilarating, relaxing, inspiring or obligatory. So whether you take to the road for work or pleasure, travel can provide an opportunity for you to contribute to the well-being of the places you care most about. Here’s how…

 

1) Eat local

Help bolster local economies by opting for locally sourced food and locally owned restaurants. For example, choose family-owned restaurants in lieu of fast food burgers or pizza chains. When you eat local, you’re not only supporting local restaurants but neighbourhood farmers and fishermen. Not only that, enjoying the local cuisine is often a very satisfying way of savouring the local culture.

 

2) Shop local

Unless you’re in China, avoid buying items manufactured there. Choose souvenirs for sale in local markets and artisan co-ops. Support businesses that are giving back to communities. Check out Visit.org

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