While the world of travel has been on pause for over a year now, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel as multiple Covid-19 vaccines are being slowly distributed in the months ahead. Our post-pandemic economic recovery of many destinations and communities will depend on people traveling again. Travel is a powerful tool, and if done sustainably and ethically, it is a way to support local communities while broadening our horizons.
We at Global Family Travels are passionate about creating community-based, family-friendly trips that are truly meaningful, encouraging travelers of all ages to become both stewards of the environment and citizens of the world. Guided by our three community-based pillars of “Learn, Serve & Immerse,” every tour, every experience and every destination shares a commitment to sustainability.
Community-Based Travel in Support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Global Family Travels believes that tourism can make a meaningful contribution to people’s lives and our planet, and we are honored to partner with several organizations to deliver community-based tours, both globally and locally. In developing our travel experiences, we are inspired by many key United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).
The Global Goals are 17 social, environmental and economic goals that frame the global agenda for sustainable development between now and 2030. They provide a good framework to align travel with sustainable, or even regenerative tourism initiatives, and Global Family Travels' community-based trips are designed around many of the Global Goals, addressing key sustainable development issues, such as access to Quality Education, Clean Water and Sanitation, Life Below Water, and Life on Land.
“As the world responds to and recovers from the pandemic, it will need a robust plan for protecting nature, so that nature can protect humanity,” stated the UN recently.
Protecting environmental resources and biodiversity, respecting the cultural heritage and values of a destination and ensuring that host communities benefit economically are paramount to sustainability. Global Family Travels will continue to develop trips that focus on destination stewardship, including conservation activities and support of the local communities we visit. Community-based travel fosters cross-cultural interaction and encourages us to open our hearts and minds to walks of life vastly different than our own.
Travel with HEART : Discounts on 4 Transformational Trips
Throughout February and March of 2021, Global Family Travels is offering a Travel with Heart deal on four trips that span from the beautiful island of Bali, to the grasslands of Tanzania and Zimbabwe, to the rainforests of Costa Rica. Our amazing Learn, Serve & Immerse itineraries are both fun and meaningful and are designed for families who want to see the world while also making a difference. Learn more about details of our offer here.
These four HEART-felt adventures to Bali, Costa Rica, Tanzania and Zimbabwe are also transformational travel opportunities. Each of these unique trips offers a powerful combination of learning, community engagement and immersive travel experiences that allow travelers to benefit in profound ways, including personal growth and empowerment through service, expanded awareness of other cultures, and strengthening of family bonds.
Discover Bali While Supporting Water Conservation
This 12-day Learn, Serve & Immerse trip of Bali offers the extraordinary opportunity to get a deep sense of the culture and daily life on this magical island while tackling some of Bali's biggest challenges by engaging with local water conservation projects and supporting Life below Water. This program has a balance of immersive cultural adventures to foster global citizens while having fun!
Explore Costa Rica and Take a Deep Dive into Sustainable Tourism
Enjoy a fun 9-day adventure in Costa Rica's beautiful rainforests, volcanoes, wildlife reserves, and beaches. You’ll also participate in sustainable tourism projects that benefit local conservation initiatives and improve the lives of people in the communities we visit. This incredible Pura Vida adventure emphasizes authentic cultural experiences to give you a true taste of the amazing experiences that Costa Rica has to offer!
Go on a Tanzanian Safari and Support Local Education
Families can connect with schoolchildren on a 9-day family safari in Tanzania that includes plenty of opportunity to view giraffes along Lake Natron, spy leopards and lions in the Serengeti, and marvel at exotic birds in the Rift Valley. During this adventure, families can visit a local Maasai village, meet students at the Ganako Secondary School, and learn how the Karatu Education Fund (KEF) is making a positive impact in these kids’ lives.
Embark on a Zimbabwe Adventure and Save Endangered Wildlife
This 10-day family-friendly safari in Zimbabwe offers ample opportunities to participate in conservation and educational projects with our local partners and enjoy several awe-inspiring safaris. In addition to discovering the extraordinary wildlife thriving in the Hwange and Zambezi National Parks, this safari offers immersive opportunities to engage with local communities and school children near Victoria Falls and in outside of Hwange National Park. While on this adventure you will learn about one of the rarest species on the African continent, the African Painted Dog.
When you are ready to travel again, we hope you will Expand Your Family Circle with us on one of our thoughtfully planned itineraries that include opportunities to experience the joy and fulfillment of connecting with local community!
Navigating the world of travel now can be confusing, so when the time is right for you to start planning , our Travel Advisor Services can answer your questions and customize your trip for your family.
Note: We are always mindful of protecting the health and safety of our guests, guides and destinations. Please see our Covid-19 travel guidelines.
More about Transformational Travel
Global Family Travels is honored to be a Travel Designer for the the Transformational Travel Council. One of the many guiding principles of the TTC is to Travel with HEART, which means to be Humble, be Engaged, be Awake, be Resilient, be Thankful for to the opportunity to travel. Having Heart means caring about yourself, others, and the destination you visit, so that you’re not only positively impacting the community and environment you encounter when you travel, but simultaneously learning and growing.
Thank you to our sustainable tourism partners for use of some of the images in this blog, including the Karatu Education Fund and Imvelo Safari Lodge.