Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Global Help Swap as part of my Guru on Tour series. Paul and Karen travel the world together practicing sustainable and wellness tourism, and write a great travel blog along the way! Read on to find out about some of their most interesting experiences…

Global Help Swap

Global Help Swap all started back in 2009, when couple Paul and Karen realised that they were dissatisfied with the life they were living. Although happy together, working too many hours left them both stressed out, so in August 2010 they packed their bags and set off on an 18 month adventure to travel the world… As they discovered more about our planet they were filled with a desire to make a difference, and Global Help Swap was started with the intention of spreading the word about free volunteering opportunities around the world.

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Photo: Global Help Swap

As the pair traveled more, experiencing both enriching and exploitative aspects of travel along the way, a new meaning and mission was born for Global Help Swap. Realising that the best moments occurred when when they spent time with local people, or engaged with people who were passionate about protecting people, animals or the environment, the blog evolved to promote sustainable and wellness tourism. By sharing their experiences and knowledge, Paul and Karen also aim to encourage as many other people to practice more responsible travel as possible.

But what is Sustainable and Wellness Tourism?

Sustainable tourism (also known as eco-tourism) is defined as “environmentally responsible travel to natural areas, in order to enjoy and appreciate nature (and accompanying cultural features) that promote conservation, have a low visitor impact and provide for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local peoples”.  It is practiced in many areas and by many organisations throughout the world, such as by Basecamp Explorer Kenya, which is dedicated to enhancing the welfare of the Massai community, and the Caribbean Challenge Initiative, which aims to protect and preserve marine and coastal environments.

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Photo: Global Help Swap

Sustainable tourism also encompasses further niche markets, including Adventure Tourism, Agri-tourism and Culinary Tourism. Global Help Swap focuses largely on Wellness Tourism, which Karen is particularly passionate about. This type of travel is associated with the goal of maintaining or enhancing one’s personal well-being, either physical, mental or spiritual.

Check out the video below to see the full interview with Global Help Swap and you are guaranteed to gain new and interesting insights into this type of travel!

We hope you enjoyed watching Global Help Swap‘s video as much as we did! Keep up to date with their travels and learn more about sustainable tourism over on their blog at globalhelpswap.com!global help swap

Thanks very much for your time guys and enjoy the rest of your travels this year!