Travel and leave nothing but footprints!

Be inspired to travel and experience this wonderful world we all call home. Why? There are many reasons why. People travel to change their daily routine and to learn something new (surfing, kitesurfing, yoga, skiing, snowboarding etc.). Travelling helps people to move on after hard periods (breakups, death of dear people etc.). People travel to meet people from other cultures, get to know them better, understand them better. Some people travel because they are hungry for adventures. And some others travel because travelling helps them to figure out what they want in life. Whatever the reason you have to travel we all can agree that travelling opens our mind, helps us not to judge others and gives us lifetime memories. And while we all look towards exotic destinations the most amazing stories and experiences are being made on the way to these destinations. And the whole point of travelling is not the destination, it is the journey that matters.

Some of us fall in love with certain places and decide to make a new home at least for a while (I am one of them).
I moved to beautiful Bali and I’ve considered it my second home (or maybe it is now more my first home). I must admit that the first week in Bali was not the best time of my life and during that first week I didn’t like it so much. Traffic, different life tempo, different time perceptions of Indonesians, rarely respected rules in everyday life (those were pretty hard to accept for someone with the European mindset)…but the longer I stayed in Bali and the more I travelled around this island and learnt their customs, traditions, Indonesian culture and language in general the more I liked Bali. And eventually I fell in love with it and I still love it.
But…yes there is that unavoidable but. There is one dark side of Bali. The fast development of this island brings another big problem. A lot of garbage everywhere. On top of it, tourists and travellers often do not follow that one “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints” and increase the pollution of the island and the ocean. And that is not only the problem present in Bali.
Worldwide, massive influxes of tourists, often to a relatively small area, have a huge negative impact on environment. Unfortunately, many of them often carelessly leave behind the litter and bring up the desperate state of pollution. The duties we have as humans to protect the environment is to keep the world safe and clean for future generations to come so that they can enjoy the beauties and things we enjoyed when we were on this earth. We do have environmental obligations today. And we also have the obligation to educate children and people who are not aware of this problem. By teaching our friends and family that the physical environment is fragile and indispensable, by picking up the garbage we find around, by reducing our plastic use we can begin fixing the problems that threaten and that we created. Those are small steps that everyone is capable of taking but they matter enormously. Do your share!

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