My travel bucket list + different ways to help the planet when traveling

 

Europe

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Iceland

It’s hard to imagine traveling the world without ever getting to view the Northern Lights in Iceland. + The volcanoes, thermal hot-springs & waterfalls make this place too magical to pass up.

Quick fact: The North Atlantic right whale is an endangered mammal in Iceland. Learn about the whale meat industry & help protect whales in Iceland! For more information click here.

The trip I would take: G Adventures Iceland Northern Lights & Golden Circle.

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Portugal

The fact that I have no clue what to expect from Portugal makes it super intriguing.

The trip I would take: Portugal Getaways: Évora, Algarve, & Lisbon.

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Greece

There’s no denying that Greece is beautiful, however we can’t deny that there’s a lot going on in Greece that probably doesn’t show up when you search up ‘Greece’ on Instagram. These things threaten the biodiversity & beauty of the Greek islands, things like toxic pollution/waste and destructive fishing. Here are 3 ways you can volunteer to make a difference while in Greece.

We also found a cool way to save on a trip to Greece that basically only requires you pay for your flight: volunteer as a nature park helper in the Island of Crete! Meals and accommodation are included: find out more here. For more volunteer opportunities in Greece click here.

The trip I would take: Voyista’s Greek Island Hopping! + Get $100 off any Voyista trip with code: AG100.

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Switzerland

I had a dream I was in a car looking at the snowy mountains around me at night, and I swear it was like I was in another world. Naturally I’m curious to find out if this is what being in Switzerland actually feels like.

The trip I would take: Contiki’s Winter Wanderer.

Asia

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Cambodia

Cambodia’s history as one of the oldest civilizations in the world has a certain mystique that I would like to explore. I’m also interested in trying their cuisine, I’ve heard a beating cobra heart is a delicacy here.

The trip I would take: Contiki’s Cambodia & Laos Uncovered.

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Jeju-si

Jeju is a city in South Korea. I heard about Jeju recently when visiting a Korean skincare store in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. One of the skincare lines they carry pointed out that their products have ingredients that are sourced from Jeju, and how pure Jeju’s water, soil and air are. Just reading that one bit APPEALED to me so much, that I decided there and then that I want to visit this place I had never heard of.

The trip I would take: Tours4fun 6 Day Eastern Korea Tour

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Sri Lanka

What’s amazing about Sri Lanka is that it’s a country that offers ancient ruins, amazing coastlines, waterfalls, jungles, wildlife, beaches & even a safari national park! Seriously, what more can you ask for?

Another great thing is that traveling to Sri Lanka on a budget is totally doable. I recommend working for a Sri Lankan farm since meals & accommodation are included for only $15/day. Find out how here.

The trip I would take: Contiki’s Pure Sri Lanka. 😍

(P.S.) Interested in protecting the wildlife here? Check out these free/independent organizations that accept volunteers in Sri Lanka!

South America

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Argentina

I really want to learn more about wine & taste the different flavors of other countries. I’ve been longing for a rich, full-bodied naturally sweet wine, so why not see what Argentinian wines are all about?

I found a cool website that tells you how to work, volunteer & get to know Argentina from a local’s perspective, check it out here.

The trip I would take: G Adventures Mendoza Wineries Independent Adventure.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica seems like one of those places where you’ll probably discover unheard of fruits, a place where the coffee is just a little bit fresher, and where the biodiversity of the jungle and waterfalls are bursting with life!

Quick fact: The Titi Monkey is an endangered primate in Costa Rica. You can help protect this endangered species through sustainable reforestation near Manuel Antonio National Park. Click here to get involved. There are other issues facing Costa Rica that you can help with as well, things like protecting Sea turtles from poachers, & the conservation of the last remaining virgin rain forest in Costa Rica, click here to learn more.

The trip I would take: G Adventures Natural Highlights of Costa Rica

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Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos is known for the unique creatures that inhabit it & are found no where else on earth; getting to see & study the animals here would be the opportunity of a lifetime!

Quick fact: Galapagos Penguins have been in decline over the last few decades. You can help by taking pictures of them while you’re in the Galapagos, and submitting the pictures for scientific evaluation here.

The trip I would take: G Adventures Galapagos Island Hopping.

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Peru

I have to admit, I watch Lost LeBlanc on Youtube, and his trips in South America are pretty darn cool, but I can’t wait to create my own adventure. What do I dream of? Eating at a restaurant with the perfect view of the Machu Picchu temples!

Take part in the reforestation of Manu, a virgin rainforest & the biggest tropical reserve in the world! Conserve Manu & the Amazonian Rainforest in Peru through this non-profit.

The trip I would take: G Adventures Inca Jungle & Rainbow Mountain Trek.

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Amazon Jungle

The Amazon Jungle literally helps all living things on earth breathe! Why wouldn’t I want to visit it?

Technically, this can belong in the Peru category since it is a part of Peru, however there are parts of it in Brazil that I would also like to visit. Did you know that the Amazon Jungle is being destroyed to make space to grow cattle for the meat industry? Even if you don’t have plans to travel to the Amazon Jungle soon, you can still help preserve it wherever you live simply by making a pact to yourself to eat less meat, sticking to it, and spreading awareness to others. Let’s keep the earth alive people!

The trip I would take: G Adventures Local Living Ecuador Amazon Jungle.

Africa

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Madagascar

This is a trip I want to take with my little brother. The reason I want to travel here has everything to do with the movie Madagascar, I mean, have you seen the graphics? I want to take this sister-brother trip because we are both big fans of the movie, and how cool would it be for him to make that connection of “wow, I saw this place in a movie and now I’m actually here”. I’m dying to know & experience what Madagascar is like in real life! I also think it would be cool for both of us to learn first-hand how Vanilla is harvested.

The trip I would take: G Adventures Highlights of Madagascar

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Kenya

I’ve watched a couple documentaries take place in Kenya, so my interest and curiosity makes me wonder how Kenya is in real life.

What do I want to gain from my visit to Kenya? I want to contribute to the world & make a difference.

How? By volunteering through organizations like The Cheetah Conservation Fund or the Colobus Trust. You can view all of them here.

The trip I would take: Contiki’s Kenyan Highlights.

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Uganda

A cool way to help local people in Uganda: Consider a stay at the Boomu Women's Group Bandas Lodge. All proceeds benefit their community fund that helps pay for their school books, soap, pencils, and food for their children. The money also helps fund their local clinics, water access projects, and educational work. You can also support them by taking part in some of the activities they offer like learning how to weave baskets, or learning & tasting firsthand, how they use bananas to make gin, beer & juice! This is great for those who want to make a difference, & really immerse with the local people & their culture.

A cool way to help animals in Uganda: Visit the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Centre to find ways you can get involved including: a tour to learn how a Uganda conservation center takes care of their animals, a 5 days a week volunteer program to help animals in Uganda for free, the experience of taking care of wildlife for a day, a zoo visitation to learn how animal ambassadors are conserving wildlife and more!

To learn how gorillas are being protected in Rwanda visit the Karisoke Exhibit.

The trip I would take: G Adventures Culture & Wildlife of Uganda & Rwanda. - Endorsed by Jane Goodall; part of the proceeds go to the Jane Goodall Institute to protect & help wildlife & people local to the area. The trip also supports the Nyamirambo Women's Centre. The cost of lunch here (included) helps fund the center's training & education programs for the local women in Rwanda.

North America

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Hawaiian Islands

The trip I would take: Contiki’s Hawaii Unplugged.

 

Oceania

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Australia

Everytime I picture myself in Australia, I picture myself surrounded by enormous trees… I picture myself driving by trees that envelop me and make me happy, I picture myself coming close to experiencing what an ancient rainforest would look like! The one place I must see in Australia is Victoria!