Connecting with nature through travel can change your life! Travelling, in general, makes you a better person; Whether you’re experiencing different cultures, lifestyles, or natural wonders, seeing the world and how other people and creatures live in it makes you less ignorant – and subsequently more mindful. Travel is the best educator because after all, you can’t protect something you don’t know needs protecting!
Here are 3 big ways connecting with nature through travel can change your habits.
As Ontarians, most of us probably don’t see the ocean on a regular basis. It’s easy to hear about the plastic and pollution in our oceans but still feel disconnected from it. Maybe thinking it’s not as bad of a problem as news and social media make it out to be, or maybe just that it’s not your problem. But seeing first-hand the garbage islands floating in our oceans– or experiencing the beauty of the ocean’s inhabitants and ecosystems may just inspire you to do better. With that inspiration, maybe you’ll remember to bring your reusable bags to the grocery store and invest in a reusable straw and travel mug.
There’s no better place to connect with nature than the forest – and no better feeling than breathing the fresh, clean air of the trees around you. Rainforests are the world’s oldest (and arguably the most majestic) ecosystems. A visit to the tropical rainforests in Brazil, Southeast Asia, and West Africa, or the temperate rainforests in North America, Chile, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and Japan will leave you awestruck – and wanting to protect them. Pulp and paper is one of the leading causes of deforestation. So, once you’ve experienced the beauty, you’ll be more likely to diligently reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Just like Ontarians don’t experience the ocean every day, most Canadians are far removed from the many endangered species around the world – even those in our own country. Witnessing an elephant on an ethical safari or tour in Africa or sea turtles in the Archipelagos is bound to take your breath away and inspire some activism – both for those species abroad and hopefully for other species (like the Barn Owl and Golden Eagle) here at home. Connecting with the nature that houses endangered animals will make you want to protect their habitats (reduce ocean pollution and deforestation). You may even want to donate your time or money to the cause!
The world is your classroom! Education through travel will only lead to a deeper connection with nature and your world, which, in turn, will lead to more mindful and eco-friendly habits.
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