What Is Social Impact Travel?
Social impact travel refers to a growing trend among travelers that seeks to support the local economies of locations that are visited and to make positive impacts on the local communities that live there. It centers on respecting local cultures by considering the cultural, economic and ecological impacts.
People are increasingly moving away from merely being tourists when they travel but rather are seeking authentic, immersive experiences which are respectful of the areas that they visit and ensuring they are ethical and sustainable. Trends such as eco-travel are an example of this where people seek to minimize the environmental impact of their trips by staying in environmentally friendly accommodation and by using renewable sources of energy. Conservation travel is another example where people favor visiting locations where tourist companies give back through conservation work to protect local flora and fauna.