It was going to be a trip of a lifetime…
Sunlight shining into the water perfectly lighting up the large vibrant coral heads, eels peeking through, clownfish bobbing in and out of swirling tentacles, sea turtles and rays gliding by! After the dive, a refreshing platter of fruit is awaiting us on board as we embark onto the next dive site.
That was the experience I envisioned when I decided to visit the Great Barrier Reef… But that is not what I got.
Instead of pristine, untouched coral reefs, thrilling wildlife sightings, and extraordinary service, we visited tourist-heavy areas lacking wildlife and experienced poorly trained staff.
I spent years flipping through National Geographic imagining this moment. I spent 15 hours in the air, valuable time, and money. It was memorable, but not the kind of memorable I was looking for.
The Great Barrier Reef is undoubtedly a spectacular site and my experience should have and could have been beyond extraordinary… had it been expertly planned.
That was my tipping point. It was at that moment that I realized that I am not the only one who has ever been this disappointed with a vacation. No vacation should ever be anything less than extraordinary and every vacation can leave positive impacts.
That is why I decided to launch Extraordinary Moments Travel.
The agency for those starved on time wanting to relax, recharge, and reconnect through meaningful & extraordinary travel experiences while leaving the world a better place.
The COVID pandemic gave our planet a break. It brought to light some negative impacts and threats to our planet, however, it also brought to light how powerful tourism can be.
Tourism provides many locals with jobs and opportunities, it funds conservation and supports communities. Without tourism, destinations, communities, and ecosystems are threatened.
Tourism is powerful & sustainable travel doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are just a few things you can do when you choose to travel:
Choose suppliers that deliver an extraordinary experience while also taking responsible measures to preserve the world’s amazing places, give back to communities, and support the protection of cultural and natural heritage.
Support carbon emission offsets.
Pay into carbon renewal programs like Tomorrow's Air.
Speak up and tell companies what changes you want to see.
Always choose adventure!