For Love Or Money: How to Consciously Support the Travel Industry

In episode 4 of The Upgrade podcast, we consider what it really means to “spend like a local”. We tot up the ways you can make sure your pennies are being pocketed by the right people, while spotlighting the pioneering companies leading the way in community-focused tourism.

As the world starts to open up again (kind of) we're following the money and making sure your travel pennies are being pocketed by the communities that need them the most. Purchasing power - whether at home or abroad - is so important, even more so now as communities struggle to get back on their feet. Join us, as we pick apart what it means to "spend like a local", while spotlighting the neighbourhood initiatives helping us become more thoughtful travellers.

We're also joined by @brucepoontip, the founder of G Adventures, which has been pioneering community-based tourism for more than 30 years. He shares with us his top tips for spending locally, his thoughts on the post-pandemic travel landscape and how he balances being green with his love of venturing around the globe.

We'd love to know where you're going next and how you think the travel landscape might change as lockdown restrictions ease. Send your voice notes to [email protected] or drop us a DM on Instagram @indiadowley and @fleur_rm.

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