Of course, there is nothing wrong with a healthy dose of
hedonism on holiday - in fact, we would almost insist on it - but
it's a lovely thing to know that your money is going towards
supporting a worthy, local cause. An excellent way to balance the
two (if we say so ourselves) is by practising our concept of
'Philantourism'. Its a natural evolution of 'voluntourism', but
with less of the time commitment, philantourism enables you to
support a destination by simply being there. All you need to do
once you have arrived is enjoy yourself and use the money that you
would have been spending on your trip, in the local economy,
supporting local restaurants, hotels and small businesses.
Simply put, we are suggesting consciously choosing to travel to
some seriously special places that remain lovely holiday
destinations, despite recent hardships. It's a win-win if ever
there was one - you can enjoy an amazing adventure, while your
chosen destination gets some much-needed support - both financial
Who, What, Where?
It can be tricking choosing where to go and what to do and finding
out just who and where would benefit from your tourism pound/dollar
- but our experts know their destinations inside out and are on
hand to help you navigate this moral minefield while making sure
that you are ticking off every box on your holiday wish-list.
Some countries rely on tourism far more than others (for example,
roughly 40% of GDP in the Maldives comes from tourism), and sadly
many destinations are down on their luck. It might have been a
natural disaster, a terror attack or now, of course, the
coronavirus. Of course, we would never recommend clients to travel
anywhere that remains unsafe, but once those destinations have the
green light to revisit, we are on hand to explain how to best
benefit the place in question.
While we are on the subject of coronavirus, the lack of tourism
in some destinations has led to an increase in poaching and illegal
fishing. The perfect antidote to this? Philantourism, and on a
bigger scale - travel can, and must be - a force for good.