We just completed an 11 day cruise to South and Central America. Admittedly some aspects of the cruise were enjoyable but like everything else there is another side to it. We started looking at certain aspects of the cruise industry and the more we looked we became convinced that it was not the way to travel responsibly.
One stop was the Cayman Islands. We chose an excursion that would take us to the turtle farm where endangered green turtles are bred. This was a great opportunity to see this giant creatures up close and support a great cause. Returning home and updating my website on the Cayman Islands, I came across an article by National Geographic 2017 that goes into great detail about the turtle farm. You can read it for yourself : This Turtle Tourist Center Also Raises Endangered Turtles for Meat
While reading the article I came across CREST Center for Responsible Travel ... their mission made total sense to me. With overtourism and climate change becoming buzzwords in the travel industry, maybe it is time to pause and consider how we travel. I will end this post with their mission statement.
To promote responsible tourism policies and practices so that local communities may thrive and steward their cultural resources and biodiversity.
Don is a former educator and having worked for a Canadian airline, he enjoys travel that is mildly