Updated: Apr 22, 2020
Travel is an incredible gift. It can open our eyes, our hearts and our minds to the unique cultures and spellbinding beauty of the natural world. But with this gift comes a responsibility – to protect the world as we know it.
Traveling sustainably means protecting the environment, connecting with culture in a meaningful way, and supporting the local economy wherever you go. As a charter member of Virtuoso's Sustainability Community, we at Nash Travel Management spotlight the various ways that destinations, hotels, cruise lines, and tour operators are upholding these sustainable travel tenets. Here, have a look at 4 destinations and travel companies making it easier for globetrotters to travel for good on their next getaway. Keep these ideas on your wish list:
Dine at one of Slovenia’s Most Sustainable Restaurants
“I realized when I expressed the territory, that my thoughts, they can travel. I was creating a philosophy and stating a new Slovenian story.” - Ana Ros
Chef Ana Ros and her now-famous Hisa Franko restaurant pinned Slovenia’s remote Soca Valley to the inspo boards of many a meal-seeking traveler. Another reason to visit: The UN World Tourism Organization recently named her an official ambassador for gastronomy tourism. It makes sense: Ros highlights seasonal produce and proteins sourced from the Soca Valley. Check her out on Season 2 on Netflix Chef's Table
Visit an Urban Farm in the Heart of Paris
Paris is sowing the (literal) seeds of a sustainable future. On the roof of the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center, urban agriculture firms Agripolis and Cultures en Ville have designed the world’s largest urban rooftop farm, set to break ground in the spring. The nearly three-and-a-half-acre organic farm will supply seasonal produce for local hotels and restaurants, including a new on-site outpost of rooftop-restaurant group Le Perchoir.
Earn Towards Your Next Cruise by Giving Back
Silversea Cruises’ new Fund for the Galapagos supports the famed archipelago’s inhabitants – wildlife and human – while giving back to travelers. Through a partnership with the Galapagos Conservancy, the fund directs donations to local projects, including youth empowerment and environmental conservation. Travelers on the Silver Galapagos and soon-to-launch 100-passenger Silver Origin who contribute $500 to $1,000 get a voucher to spend on future sailings.
Sip a Sustainable Cup of Coffee in Bali
Coffee’s cultural stronghold in Bali reaches far beyond the island’s farmland. Through a new partnership with Su-re.co, a Bali-based organization that educates coffee farmers in sustainable practices and works with Montessori School Bali, among other initiatives, the 156-room Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay helps stoke local demand for earth-friendly cultivation (the resort serves Su-re.co coffee and sells its beans) while offering guests insight on the island’s rich agricultural history. Guests who sign up for the resort’s Jala Cooking Academy learn how to prepare coffee Bali-style (no milk and lots of sugar) and get to know the importance of coffee farming in Balinese culture – lessons that inform smart, sustainable coffee buying after the vacation is over. Nash Travel Management travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 spa credit.