Because sustainable travel isn’t just about the natural environment, the ASTW has a strong culture of giving back to the communities and countries that host us when we travel and encourages its members to contribute wherever they can.
Every year, the ASTW committee makes a donation to a charity in the country that has hosted our annual ASTW Convention. Past donation recipients have included: Rotorua Literacy Project in New Zealand; KOTO (Know One, Teach One) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; the RMKS Primary School in Fiji; the Mutitjulu Foundation at Uluru; Tinmugs children’s charity near Cape Town, South Africa; the Save the Bilby Fund on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland; and World Animal Protection in Bangkok, Thailand.
Many ASTW members also make personal contributions to countries and communities that have affected them on their travels, for example by working on conservation projects or in animal rescue centres, donating to local charities and campaigns, sponsoring children or community projects and organising fund-raising events such as photo exhibitions.
Our writer members regularly encourage and inspire readers to travel more sustainably through their travel stories, while ASTW PR members play a vital role in informing the public and our travel industry colleagues about sustainability measures being introduced by their clients and organisations.
A few links to help and inspire you to work towards a more sustainable travel industry:
Ecosia (ecosia.org): Switch your search engine from Google and you’ll be planting trees while doing online research for your next story
UN Sustainable Development Goals (un.org/sustainabledevelopment): About the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals that businesses and governments are increasingly using as a blueprint for a sustainable future
B ‘n’ Tree (bedandtree.com): A hotel booking site that plants a tree for every room booked through booking.com, Expedia, Tripadvisor and other sites
Plastic-free events: An article published in The Conversation on 10 July 2019 about a plastic-free conference with 570 delegates.