For the past year, Carbonfund.org has partnered with The Evolved Traveler to bring two fantastic ecotour vacation sweepstakes to our donors and supporters. In this month’s blog posts, you can share the Holidays Eco Tour Vacation Sweepstakes Winners’ fabulous Peruvian Journey to the Amazon River and Machu Picchu, and read the enthusiasm of our Earth Day Eco Tour Vacation Sweepstakes Winner as he plans his luxury adventure to Costa Rica with The Evolved Traveler.
These very successful ecotour vacation sweepstakes have resulted in thousands of tree-planting donations to Carbonfund.org, earning those donors bonus sweepstakes entries and supporting our tree-planting projects around the world.
The Evolved Traveler is an international travel brand that promotes an increased sense of responsible travel and global community. Their focus is on providing exceptional, custom-tailor journeys around the world for their guests based on the core component of traveling with a purpose so “evolved travelers” can help change the world as they expand their own.
After 30 years in the travel industry, having the good fortune to travel to a great many places and experience things he would have never imagined, a personal fork-in-the-road in 2015 lead Justin Smith, The Evolved Traveler’s founder and president, to believe there was a more productive way to approach travel, even luxury travel. This thought, and his personal journey at the time, was what lead to the concept and creation of The Evolved Traveler.
In the early 20th century, author G.K. Chesterton reportedly responded to a query from The Times of London asking, “What is wrong with the world today?” As the story goes, Chesterton replied simply, “I am.” Chesterton went on to say, “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” Justin embellishes this statement just slightly to, “The evolved traveler sees what he sees; the tourist sees what he has come to see.” With that in mind, Justin’s hope is that The Evolved Traveler’s guests will be given the opportunity on their journeys to broaden their perspective and approach to travel.
One of the primary goals of any trip designed by The Evolved Traveler is to create a positive and lasting impact wherever their journeys and clients go, which is why they’ve created their own declaration of sustainability. The Evolved Traveler endeavors to leave all destinations their guests travel to in better condition, and they encourage all to implement sustainability goals that are realistic and attainable within their sphere of influence.
The Evolved Traveler believes that luxury travel and engaging with the local communities in an impactful manner are not mutually exclusive. Their personalized journeys are designed with the benefits of both in mind, intertwining impeccable service and accommodations with the opportunity to truly experience destinations in-depth and to give back to local communities at the same time.
The Evolved Traveler donates a portion of proceeds from each journey to charitable causes around the world, so their guests can be assured that their travels are making a difference right from the very start. Carbonfund.org is very proud to partner with The Evolved Traveler – stay tuned for the announcement of our next Eco Tour Vacation Sweepstakes!