“When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable,” Clifton Fadiman said. This is the heartbeat behind how we view travel and our WHY behind our wanderlust.
We make our plans, pack and invest time and money into our vacations… I mean we deserve it right? We’ve worked hard for to get to these destinations, and when we get there, we deserve to be treated like we’ve worked hard! Maybe…
Sustainable Tourism Jobs:
Linen and Latitudes exists to change the focus of HOW we travel. There’s a huge movement going on regarding the concept of responsible tourism, in many forms, but we want our focus to be on sustainable tourism jobs.
Responsible tourism or sustainable tourism exists for the purpose of “making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit.” We wanted this post to give a visual of some of the people we’ve met along the way. To put a face to a country, not another beach or another hotel destination… but a person, with values, with character, with passions and desires and goals!
Linen and Latitudes wants to be able to involve the LOCAL people in these unique cultures and wonderful destinations and allow them to be able to have a say in how their country and life changes… to provide sustainable tourism jobs. In order to do that, we have to build relationships.
If you’ve followed us so far, you’ve seen great places and read stories of some even greater people. This blog post is no different. This particular blog is Part 2 of 2. In part one, we talked about what we did as a family when we visited West End, Bahamas and all the adventures we had. Part two will be about the relationships we’ve built, and why sustainable tourism jobs are so important.
When we arrived in West End, we came by boat! If you’ve ever ridden in a boat for a long distance, you know its relaxing but also draining. We crossed the Atlantic Ocean from North Palm Beach to West End, Bahamas.
Upon arrival, we were tired, sweaty and anxious to get this party started! After checking into customs, we knew we had to find somewhere to get the boat washed. We also knew, especially with the kids, that we did not want to do it ourselves. We were only in West End for less than 24 hours.
Out came my resourceful husband, and he found Gary or maybe Gary found us. See, Ben is not scared to introduce himself to anyone, and this time was no different. Here is part of Gary’s story and some of why we travel.
I’ve gotten a chance to talk to Gary more since we arrived home and ask some questions about his culture, his life and his ambitions.
I think sometimes we see people, but we don’t see past their job.
Gary has huge goals and dreams. But he is not only a dreamer, he’s a planner, a go getter and a hard worker.
Gary is of Bahamian descent, 25 years old and born in the Bahamas. When we ran across Gary it was washing boats, but he says that is far from his end goal. He does enjoy it though. He’s a personal assistant and delivery agent for Old Bahama Bay resort. He not only works a few jobs, he also volunteers his time. His heart lies with vulnerable youth. One of his dreams is to create more education opportunities for those youth with sustainable jobs.
We as humans often become dreamers and never act on behalf of those dreams. Not Gary! He has enrolled himself in University of the Bahamas and studying to become an elementary educator. He has a hard time financially, but isn’t that what it’s about? Making a sacrifice for those dreams?
Gary also volunteers in his community in sports camps and community clean up! In all this work time, there has to be opportunities to clear your mind and instill calm again. Gary does this through many avenues. One example is through his music. He sent me a link to his favorite music. Give it a listen! He says the music of the Bahamas relaxes his mind. So, if you’ve got anxiety… check it out.
Aside from relaxing through music, Gary participates in Sunday afternoon cultural activities. He says Sunday is the day to be in West End. “Every Sunday most people from the city of Freeport drive to West End to experience our native dishes. For example, its fresh and made right in front of their eyes, such as conch salad, conch fritters that usually looks like a hush puppy, fried fish and lobsters. I take that opportunity every Sunday to treat myself also to at least one of the dishes to experience the rush of the restaurants process and frequency of orders.”
He’s observing all of this because he has ANOTHER dream! He wants to open a restaurant. That’s a tall order there Gary! But we see drive in you, we see desire and motivation, we see that a Creator has created you with gifts no one else on the planet has. Keep up the hard work, it will be rewarded!
Our desire and our dream is you see the beauty in our differences and the our likenesses. We all have a things we are passionate about, and they all fit together to help each other…. because we all need each other! But in our differences, we have likenesses too. We all dream, we all crave hope and peace and we all have a strong desire to love and be loved. Those needs and desires are all expressed differently, but the basis is still the same.
Linen and Latitudes exists to be able to see these culture likenesses and differences and allow them to bring us together to support one another. I will leave you with this quote from Maya Angelou.
We hope you will give us a follow and allow us to show you some creative ways to implement responsible tourism in your next vacation and help us develop and create sustainable tourism jobs!