While there's nothing wrong with a healthy dose of hedonism on
holiday - in fact, we would almost insist on it - it is always nice
to know that your money is supporting a worthy local cause. An
excellent way (if we do say so ourselves) of balancing the two is
by practising our concept of 'Philantourism'. A natural evolution
of 'voluntourism', but with less of a time commitment, you can
support a destination simply by being there; you don't need to do
anything after you arrive other than enjoy yourself and put the
money that you'd be spending on your trip anyway into the local
economy, including hotels, restaurants and small businesses.
In short, we're simply suggesting consciously choosing to visit
some seriously special places that remain excellent holiday
destinations despite recent hardships. You enjoy an incredible
adventure while your chosen destination gets some much-needed
support, both moral and financial. Win-win if there ever was
Who, What, Where?
Choosing where to go and what to do, and knowing who would most
benefit from your tourism pound/dollar, can be tricky, but our
expert consultants know their destinations inside and out, meaning
that they can help you navigate this moral minefield and ensure
that you're ticking off your holiday wish-list along the way.
Because some countries rely far more on tourism than others
(tourism accounts for roughly 40% of GDP in the Maldives, for
example), and it's a sad fact that many destinations are down on
their luck. That could be due to natural disasters, terrorist
attacks or now the devastating coronavirus pandemic. Obviously we
would never recommend clients to travel anywhere that remains
unsafe, but once you get the greenlight to revisit, we can explain
how best to benefit the destination in question. On the subject of
the coronavirus, the lack of tourists in certain destinations has
meant that poaching and illegal logging and fishing is on the
increase. Philantourism is the perfect antidote to this, and on a
bigger scale travel can - and must be - a force for good.