Not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when couples are deciding where to honeymoon.
But maybe it should be.
Personally, the thought never even crossed my mind until I stumbled upon Change.org and this article on the The Developing World’s Top 10 Ethical Destinations.
Ethical Traveler is an organization that aims to help adventurers, tourists, travel agencies and outfitters to “use our economic power to strengthen human rights and protect the environment” and make travel a positive force in the world.
It’s a powerful idea: change the way we think about traveling and its impact on global issues. We, simple travelers, could use “our economic power” (i.e., our ability to travel in the first place) for good–to tell developing countries we won’t stand for unethical practices. Maybe traveling to one of The Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations isn’t your thing. That’s okay. Ethical Traveler provides a detailed summary of traveling to various countries here.
The idea has stuck with me. Are we going to choose one of the Top Ten spots for our honeymoon? Maybe, maybe not. But what I do know is that I will be consulting the World66 summaries when narrowing down our choices, and I hope this post makes you consider doing the same.
“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” — Mark Twain