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There comes a time in every traveler’s life when they come to the realization that their travel decisions have a ripple effect. For some, it takes years, for others, just one trip, but eventually, many see that their travels have an impact not just on them, but also on the planet, on the countries they visit, and on the communities they interact with.

The Ripple Effect

For the first 18 months of our nomadic lifestyle, we were oblivious to the ripple effect. Thinking about the impact we make on the world just wasn’t our priority. We were too busy riding the high from our new lifestyle. The new countries, the adventures, the incredible experiences, and the ultimate freedom had us completely consumed.

Max and Oksana in Erg Chebbi, Sahara Desert. Morocco

In Erg Chebbi, Sahara Desert. Morocco

But the more we saw, the more we experienced, the more we noticed…

We still pinch ourselves every time we set off on another amazing trip and every time we find ourselves in a new destination, but now, along with the amazing travel high, we welcome the feelings of consciousness, humbleness, and deep gratitude for the life we are living.

Max & Oksana at Prambanam, Indonesia

Sunset at Prambanam, Java, Indonesia

Earlier this year something hit us and we finally realized.

We want our travels to have a bigger purpose, a mission that goes beyond just galavanting around the world.

Travel in Colombia: Local boys from Barillo Egypto in Bogota

With ex-gang members turned tour guides on a tour of Barillo Egipto in Bogota, Colombia

Our Commitment

United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and we think there is no better time to join the UN in their mission than now.

So today, we are making a commitment to pursue a more
Sustainable Travel Lifestyle.

We commit to:

Traveling more responsibly

… taking nothing but photographs and leaving nothing but footprintsMax taking a photo of Mt Bromo. Indonesia

Honouring our hosts

… their local customs, and traditions and connecting with local people in a more meaningful way

Trying traditional food at Mari Mari Cultural Village

Sampling traditional food at Mari Mari Cultural Village in Sabah, Malaysia

Reducing our environmental impact

… and respecting wildlife and their natural habitat

White faced capuchin monkey in Tayrona National Park, Santa Marta

White faced capuchin monkey in Tayrona National Park, Santa Marta, Colombia

Supporting local economies….

by investing our tourist dollars into local businesses

Buying my daily dose of fruit at a stall on Jalan Poncowinatan, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Buying a daily dose of fruit at a stall on Jalan Poncowinatan, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia

Choosing eco-friendly suppliers

Choosing hotels, tour operators, and partners with existing environmental policies and community projects.

Waterfall Villas in Dominical, Costa Rica, a wonderful example of a truly sustainable business model

But our commitment doesn’t just stop at sustainable travel. It reverberates throughout all facets of our lives, from our food choices and clothing choices to lifestyle choices, and extends to our day to day life no matter what part of the world we are in.

We are committing to a lifestyle that we can maintain for ourselves and for our future children! A way of life that is responsible and conscious. A lifestyle that is respectful of the world we now call our home, of the nature that surrounds us, and of the local communities that we meet along the way.

Patagonia, Chile

What Will Change

In short, a few things. This isn’t a drastic lifestyle change or a new perspective, as in many ways we have been following the sustainability principles for many years, both in our lives and in our travels. But today, we are committing to taking the principles a step further.

We commit to writing more about sustainability on our blog. To sharing stories of conscious travels and examples of responsible ways of to see the world. We commit to not only living a more sustainable lifestyle but to educating others on ways to become more sustainable in their lives.

We hope that one day, you’ll feel inspired to join us in our commitment.

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Our Commitment to Sustainable Travel

Do you follow sustainability practices at home and on the road?