Regenerative Travel is adding another layer to Sustainable Tourism. This is the practice of leaving a place better than when you found it through volunteering, education, buying and hiring locally, creating opportunities for professionals, personal growth for locals and regenerating natural habitats.
Bocas del Toro has stepped up to the plate by banning plastic bags and straws even before the pandemic and the pandemic has acted as an accelerant for people helping people and animals here in the archipelago. Did you know there are at least 20 non-profits here promoting regeneration and sustainability? Some of them are Caribbean Coral Restoration, Planet Rehab with Green Acres Farm, Dark Lands Foundation, Unidos por Bocas, Floating doctors and others. All of these have started in the last 10 years, have volunteer opportunities and show a willingness to stay local, eat local, and think more about sustaining the places you travel and live. It is said the best way to predict the future is to create it. Let’s not just minimize harm but help undo some of the damage that has been done.
The less traveled, hidden gems like Bocas del Toro, are integral to adventure travel. These places are calling to travelers who have the wanderlust in their bones, as many of us do. There is no substitute for the sense of a place nor for our actual presence in these places to immerse yourself in the landscapes and cultures that captivate our imaginations and spark our spirits and enrich our lives. Travel can’t be phoned in… which is precisely why we need it. Some of us decide to stay….
Give yourself or loved ones the gift of regenerative travel and book one of our tours. The pandemic has made it so we may never take our back yard for granted again. It is time to seed the ground for safe tourism.