Bitten by the Travel Bug

Written by  Sydney Slotkin

Hey I’m Sydney! The Undiscovered Travel Collection’s lone Latin America Marketing Coordinator and self-proclaimed travel addict. I was bitten by the travel bug in my early teens when I decided traveling and seeing the world was all I wanted to do, and announced (to anyone who would listen) that I planned on eventually studying abroad for a year.

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It was during my studies abroad when I began to think of tourism as a means of economic development. Seeing both good and bad examples of ecotourism made me realize its potential for job creation, environmental conservation, and economic sustainability. The experience taught me that tourism—when implemented correctly—can benefit the greater community and the environment as a whole, not just me as the tourist. Similarly, I realized that setting up tourism according to ethical, economical and environmental sustainability guidelines is not always easy.

When I look at the destinations and accommodations within The Undiscovered Travel Collection, I see an assortment of places that meet my personal expectations of what characterizes responsible tourism. I didn’t think it was possible to make my travel wish list any longer—because it was too long to start with—but it has grown exponentially since I joined the team! As travelers and tourism operations become educated in responsible tourism I think the industry will change for the better, and I’m so excited to be a part of it!

I invite you to start exploring The Collection on your own and add to your travel wish list!

 

-Sydney

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