Traveling is said to be the only thing you can buy that will make you richer. However, there are some places of travel that you can make richer too. Trips have the ability to be adventure packed but also benefit the local areas.
British Columbia, Canada holds the Great Bear Rainforest, which is teeming with bald eagles, migrating salmon, and rare white bears. The site is also proposed to hold a pipeline that would connect tar sands near Edmonton, Alberta to the port of Kitimat, British Columbia. If this pipeline has even one oil spill, the entire rainforest could be lost. There is hope for conserving the rainforest though. Fishing and ecotourism have provided sustainable alternatives to resource extraction in the Great Bear Rainforest for years. The more travelers the area gets, the less likely it is to hold the pipeline. On your trip, you can experience the forest by sailing up the coast. You can also travel up fjords, hike through ancient spruce and cedar, explore First Nations villages, or admire the bears, wolves, and whales.
In Baja, Mexico you have the opportunity to tag and release endangered sea turtles. Magdalena Bay off Baja’s Pacific Coast is the home of a project committed to changing the ways of poachers. The group, Grupo Tortuguero is actually comprised of former poachers who have decided to turn a new leaf. The group catches sea turtles in nets every month, measures, weighs, and tags them, and then lets them go. Red Sustainable Travel brings volunteers to this site to help the group record data and therefore reduce the cost of the research project. The trip fees help pay for staffers’ salaries, fund a local children’s education project, and prove that the sea turtles are worth being kept alive. Travelers to the site stay in tents on a small, remote islet and have the opportunity to hike, try fresh oysters and salsa, and walk through the white sand of the wild dune field.
Other places to visit where you can give back include Peru, Patagonia, and Mongolia. Each place has its own necessity for travelers to either help preserve land or help indigenous people to the area gather necessities for life. To read more about adventure travel, check out this article.