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Green Prints

Another part of our trip that’s worth mentioning was the Outback Safari. Before we left for the Dominican, my savvy husband did a little research online and found this highly rated tour. They picked us up at nine in the morning at our resort and dropped us off right after sunset. Rudy, our tour guide, was very informative and genuine, always explaining the Dominican culture and the significance of everything they do. Our first stop was at the school they support. You may think that visiting a school will not do anybody any good, but as Rudy said, “Everybody should leave the hotel for at least one day and see how others live.” If anything, it will make you appreciate what you have at home. And the prints you will leave on the tourist destination will be smaller, while the multiplier effect will be larger. The multiplier effect means that whatever you leave in the community, whether it is donations or money from purchases, will help the locals. Whereas if you just stay in the resort, most of that money will go back to the owners, who are usually from a developed country.

After the school, we proceeded to a ranch where Rudy explained to us how cigars are made – the Dominican Republic is the world’s top tobacco hand-rolling country. We also got the chance to learn about local products and support the community by purchasing those directly from the source.

For lunch we stopped at a remote restaurant and ate the best food we had on the island. The main dish? Simply fried chicken with rice and beans. What was the secret? The 18-year-old girl who was in the kitchen learned how to cook with her grandmother.

Because I’ve seen the positive impacts of this tour, I highly recommend anyone traveling to a third world country to either get involved with “Pack for a Purpose” or to take a tour that supports sustainable tourism.

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LUXURY LINK LIFESTYLE Islands: Discover Your Digital Detox  

Winter 2014 - In this issue we uncover destinations that dedicate themselves to helping their visitors unplug.

LUXURY LINK LIFESTYLE Islands: Discover Your Digital Detox  

Winter 2014 - In this issue we uncover destinations that dedicate themselves to helping their visitors unplug.

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