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How to conquer the world (without ruining it for everyone else)

By Celeste Mitchell.

No one ever travelled to narrow their horizons. As Mark Twain famously wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness …”

But as we flit around the world in a frenzy, trying to tick off all the things, are we in danger of travel becoming just another commodity? Of taking it for granted?

Travel has so many touch points, so many decision-making moments and the choices we make — and the attitude we keep — can affect not only our own experience but those around us, the countries we visit, and the industry as a whole.

“A lot of us see travel now as a right … when, in fact, it’s a real privilege,” says Dayana Brooke, director of The Sustainable Traveller.

Dayana founded the Virtuoso agency six months ago after becoming disillusioned with the business travel world and walks the talk, supporting “green” hotels and experiences, and giving her travellers simple tips to be more mindful about what they pack, saying no to plastics and travelling paper free.

“To me, being a better traveller means knowing my actions can have a direct impact in either a positive or negative way to the people around me and to the environment,” she says.

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