- Barbara Ward
I’ve been wandering around the world on and off now for more than half my life and I’ve recently observed an increase in people traveling to parts of the world that would be considered secluded, beachy and full of local flavor.
Even compared to a few years ago, some of the most beautiful Islands of Bali and Lombok, Indonesia, have been more populated with tourists than years before. I am stoked to see the tourism industry alive and well, as its given way to many luxuries that I personally have been able to take advantage of: wifi, fresh water, cleaner accommodations, safer conditions for solo travelers, much better food choices and let’s not forget local beer for the masses. Thank you local beer; you will never take the place of wine, but in South East Asia, you are my number one pick!
Part of what I think keeps pulling me back to remote locations, is that the environment feels untouched. There’s a vibe of simplicity to the people, culture and food... but as we all know appearances can be deceiving.
Pristine conditions are becoming rare, because travelers are increasing in rapid numbers and the surrounding beauty seems to struggle under the weight of it all. Progress can be good. But as there have been advancements in technology and safety, there have also been a mounting pile of troubles: pollution, sanitation issues (issues is a gentle way of saying shit is everywhere – ass to ocean) and quiet villages ebb and flow with tourists rapidly consuming resources and destroying their natural ecology.
I understand, and am not ignorant to the fact, that I too am a yearly contributor to both; progress and problems. I bring abundance and my Canadian smile into struggling economies, but yet at the same time, I use several transportation services: trains, planes and automobiles, as it were which contribute to decreased air quality and pollution. However, when I travel, I continue to live by the same motto as at home, help not harm.
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