If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably given some thought on the ways our decisions and habits influence the world. In today’s modern world, nothing comes without a price, and a concept as normal and innocent-looking as traveling can come with many negative consequences. In today’s world, in addition to the joy we get from traveling, tourism is considered one of the major industries around the world and countless people’s livelihood depends on it. That’s why being a responsible & sustainable traveler is now more important than it ever was before. Because we’re faced with a multitude of people who want to travel, and if we’re not mindful of the effects we have on our host communities, we might slowly deteriorate them bit by bit. That’s when the idea of a sustainable traveler traveling responsibly comes into our lives.
Sustainable traveling means that as travelers we are responsible for the state of wellbeing and the changes that we make to our host country. That we should leave our traveling destination in better shape than what we found it in. As much as traveling can be a positive source of revenue and cultural exchange for the local communities, it can also be their end. It can mean the excessive opening of grand hotels in untouched and pristine environments, it can cause a rapid loss of culture and increase the use of plastic and unrenewable natural resources. On the other hand, a lot of travelers want something more these days. They don’t just want to go to a destination, stay at a fancy hotel, and visit the touristic sites. Nowadays, many people want to take it up a notch and have a meaningful experience with the locals and at the same time have a clear conscience that they are doing the community well.
In sustainable traveling, sustainable travelers try to travel by the following principles:
Iran is home to one of the world’s largest nomadic populations. Traditionally, all the nomads of Iran took part in Kooch or seasonal transhumance to find better pastures for their livestock and avoid scorching summers and harsh winters. Unfortunately, in the past decades, the number of nomads have been rapidly declining. In addition to that, even the nomads that have not migrated to cities are slowly setting aside their ancient lifestyle and are now living a sedentary lifestyle in villages. Only a small group of nomads in Iran still do the seasonal migration just like their ancestors did. It’s crucial to save these micro-cultures for many reasons.
These are the principles that we have in mind for these tours:
Sustainable travel is a fairly new concept in the world. Ironically, the most sustainable thing we can do might be to avoid airplanes, cars, and hotels altogether and just stay at home, but as human beings exploring is part of our nature and is something that brings joy and learning experiences to our lives. That’s why we are trying our best every day to travel more sustainably and to make sure our tours are as sustainable as possible. We are still learning in this process and we encourage you to try and practice sustainability in your travels. Remember to take small steps and don’t let all the rules intimidate you. Maybe you have already started to cut down on using plastic, or maybe you are cycling to work every day to make up for that flight you are going to take on your vacation, just know that whatever step you take can tip the scale in favor of sustainability. Never is too late to be a sustainable traveler.