Growing up in Bermuda, it was easy for me to grow up with an appreciation for natural beauty. During my early years, unbeknownst to me at the time, I was learning about different cultures as I spent a lot of time with my best friend and her family who were from France. I have fond memories of us wandering the many beaches and vast golf courses. We would always find ourselves in our special spot on the South Shore where colourful parrotfish swam as far as our eyes could see. I also have fond memories of spending lots of time on the ocean with her and her family.
Later in my early adult years, I had first-hand experience of travelling with purpose when I travelled to volunteer in Guyana, South America for 4 months. This expereince was packed with social impact. Guyana at the time was still 75% rainforest with a small population of about 750,000 people. There was much to see in terms of nature and wildlife and being able to make a positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged children and families was rewarding.
While in Guyana I was lucky to immerse myself in the culture by helping to empower the local community. Taking a boat from Georgetown to Berbice was one of the highlights of the trip as I took in the natural beauty of the country. So close to the Amazon, I felt like an explorer transported back in time travelling down the AMAZON RIVER. Today, Guyana has the reputation of being a premier eco-destination. Ever since this experience, I have been compelled to use travel as a source for good and give back during my travels.
This desire to use travel to make a positive impact and my love for nature and culture and protecting these assets have come together to bring you Eco Island Travel.
I am starting this blog to make travelling sustainably more accessible and easy for travellers. Don't know what sustainable travel is? Don't worry, this blog will be all about sustainable travel. This type of travel is becoming increasingly important. I won't be preaching to you or taking you on a guilt trip when sharing ideas for sustainable travel. Nope. This blog is to INSPIRE, EQUIP, ENGAGE and EMPOWER you with information and tips to enable you to be better informed about sustainability when you travel. I will be bringing you the best sustainable travel information about Bermuda. To find out more about visiting Bermuda see our Bermuda Information page.
I have three goals:
1. To help you to discover how to explore and experience new adventures, all while at the same time making a positive impact.
2. To get you straight to traveling that has a positive impact on the ENVIRONMENT.
3. To share great tips with you on how to spend your travel dollars in a way that has the most positive impact on LOCAL COMMUNITIES and CULTURES.
I am glad you'll be joining me on this journey as I look forward to bringing you more great content on using our travels to do GOOD.
Travel to make a positive impact
Eco Island Travel is a social enterprise travel company focused on helping travellers discover exploration and adventure through sustainable and cultural journeys. Eco Island Travel makes exploring and having new adventures in Bermuda easier by letting you know the best ways to explore and by creating experiences tailored around you, that all have a positive impact.
Those of us lucky enough to see the world have a responsibility to ensure that it is preserved for locals and future generations.
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Responsible travel is not only better for our world, it’s also more interesting and memorable. Responsible tourism is the future of travel.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
When people travel, they make unlikely connections and shatter stereotypes.
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
Martin Luther King Jr
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It’s about doing more good.
Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.