The Events that Inspired Me to Change

If you’re an ethical fashionista like me, you’re ready for April because of one specific reason. It’s not because you’re anticipating spring weather. It’s not because you’re one month closer to summer (although it is one month closer to May the Fourth). It’s because April is the month of Fashion Revolution Day. It’s not a day of celebration, but it is a day to advocate for changes in the fashion industry. Fashion Revolution Day is a day to give a voice to the garment workers who lost their lives in the Rana Plaza complex on April 24, 2013. Although I’ve been blogging about sustainability both in the fashion and travel industry for a while, I have only stumbled upon these movements recently. What took so long for me to catch onto something others have known about for years? Continue Reading ›

Costa Rica Highlights

The more time I spend with family, the more I realize one thing is evident: We all have a passion for world travel.  So, when it came time to pick the perfect location for a wedding, my cousin Jasmine didn’t settle for her hometown.  Instead, she looked far and beyond.  Her and her fiance’s pick?  Central America’s ecotourism hotspot, Costa Rica.  Immediately various cousins, aunts and uncles jumped on board and our travel group quickly began to grow.  On a cold, rainy and extremely windy evening in Chicago, my mom asked if I’d like to join.  Hearing gusts of wind moaning outside my bedroom window, I responded instantly: “Yes.”  Although I had been to nearby countries in South America, to my delight, Costa Rica had plenty of adventures I hadn’t experienced yet.  Camera ready and armed with sunscreen and bug spray, I was ready to take on the opportunities Costa Rica’s cities had to offer. Continue Reading ›

Ecotourism Quotes

As a traveler both in the United States and around the world, there’s one thing that’s becoming more important to me, our environment.  Travel has and always will be an important pursuit for me, but I’m starting to see more and more how it affects our world.  After seeing photos of beaches filled with pollution and garbage after nights of partying or learning about how out decisions affect cultures during our travels, I’m finding travel is influencing me to realize how important it is to respect the people and the world around us.  I’m not perfect when it comes to sustainability, and no one is, but having set small steps towards sustainable goals have encouraged me to think about travel differently.  After joining the International Ecotourism Society, I’m interested in taking on other opportunities for ecotourism, but what exactly is ecotourism?  The International Ecotourism Society defines it as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of local people, and involves interpretation and education.”  To see what I mean, here are a few quotes to inspire you to travel with ecotourism in mind: Continue Reading ›