Welcome to my blog. The purpose of this blog is to share my experiences seeking out best practices of sustainable tourism worldwide. My family and I (husband Dan who is working on his Ph.D. in customer service and electronic word of mouth) and 18 month old son Luka are embarking on a 3 and a half month journey that starts us off in L.A. and sends us to Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. In order to offset our carbon from flying, I look for and support local initiatives in the destinations I visit such as Trees for Travellers. Trees for Travellers is based in Kaikoura, New Zealand and are a reputable foundation that plants trees to offset carbon from flying. The cost of offsetting my carbon from flying from Canada to New Zealand according to this site is approximately $100 NZ (which is about $75 US). This will plant approximately 4 native trees. Trees for Travellers is a positive effort from a grassroots level that can greatly benefit not only the local community but the environment at large. When I travel I try to contribute financially to projects such as these to offset some of my impacts and contribute to the community. There are other things that you can do to be a Responsible Traveller. Check out this guide on Hotels Combined on how to be a responsible traveller. Travelling in a responsible fashion can provide so many benefits to the local community. This blog will share some great examples of responsible tourism! Stay tuned!