People have become more responsible. They recycle, re-use, opt for no straws and in the water-scarce regions around the country are doing all that we can to save water.
Responsible travel is a trend many travellers have now adopted.
Airbnb recently highlighted how easy it is to be more environmentally conscious while travelling – or even just in your hometown.
Take Airbnb Social Impact Experiences as an example. Instead of googling and looking up a number of ways to give back to a community or help out at an NPO, you can book meaningful experiences that directly benefit communities and organisations straight from Airbnb. Social Impact Experiences have been designed for non-profit organisations who receive 100% of the income earned through Airbnb. These experiences directly benefit the organisations and the communities/causes that they serve.
Not only are these experiences good for communities and the environment, but they are fun too. The upcycling with an artist in Langa is perfect for those who enjoy creating things and doing art. For this experience, travellers will learn how single-use plastics can be used to create items that can then used in everyday life – a wallet, some jewellery, a bag. During this experience, you not only interact with Heath Nash, your experience host, but you also engage with others who help out in his studio. You will meet Langa locals and learn more about who they are and where they come from.
For those who enjoy the outdoors and sea life, an AfriOceansExperience is definitely one for you to try. Hosts from AfriOceans recently shared the story of their organisation and it’s clear that every person that books their experience is directly contributing towards important shark and ocean research. In 2017, the organisation was on the verge of closing its doors due to lack of funding, but since listing their penguin encounters on Airbnb, they have been able to raise enough money to keep them going.