by Marsha Rakestraw

For those of us privileged enough to have the time and money, traveling is much more than an indulgence; it feels like a necessary part of staying healthy and happy. And new experiences can leave us with beautiful memories and expand our empathy and our desire to help others.

But any travel comes with a price, especially in this age of climate crisis. And not only can we consider the specific footprint of our traveling – from getting there to where we stay and what we do and buy – but the destinations we choose also have an impact on people, animals, and the earth, from human rights violations to animal welfare policy to environmental initiatives.

Next time you’re planning a trip, use resources like those in our Ethical Travel Pinterest board for travel that does more good and less harm.