Every day 3 million travellers cross international borders. By 2030 that number will likely double. Overtourism is already leading to the degradation of natural wonders, such as Thailand’s Koh Tachai island. In cities such as Barcelona and Venice residents are taking to the streets to protest tourism’s effect on rental prices, congestion and air quality.
Is there such a thing as sustainable travel? Adventure Junky’s Fuchsia Claire Sims ventured to Patagonia to find out. The short film ‘Here for the long run’ follows her journey into Torres del Paine National Park to visit the Patagonia EcoCamp – the world’s first geodesic hotel and member of The Long Run.
“I wanted to see how a tourism business could work in harmony with nature and culture to ensure the people and places we love to visit are here for the long run.”
Fuchsia Claire Sims, co-founder Adventure Junky App
Patagonia EcoCamp is just one of over 1,000 travel experiences featured on the Adventure Junky App. Geared toward the Millennial, the app makes a game of sustainable travel. The more experiences you complete, the more points you earn. You can play against friends, or for the title of Earth’s Number 1 Adventure Junky.
Sims co-founded the Adventure Junky App with Nigel Malone. Their shared experience ranges from helping troubled youth turn their lives around through adventure in the jungles of Costa Rica, working with indigenous communities to develop self-sufficiency through cultural tourism, rebranding World Heritage Sites, to advising corporations on how to become carbon neutral.
“We developed the Adventure Junky App to give travellers more sustainable options, but not at the expense of the whole point of an adventure or holiday – enhancing our wellbeing. That’s why a partnership with The Long Run made perfect sense.”
Nigel Malone, co-founder Adventure Junky App
Developed by Jochen Zeitz, Co-Chair with Sir Richard Branson of ‘The B Team’, The Long Run is a collective of the world’s most exotic Eco-lodges that strive for excellence via the 4C’s – Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce.
The Long Run members, of which Patagonia EcoCamp is one, have safeguarded over 12 million acres of nature, celebrated 86 cultures and positively impacted the lives of more than 520,000 people. All of The Long Run Eco-lodges can be found on the Adventure Junky App or at The Long Run website.
‘Here for the Long Run’ makes it cinema debut at the Mountain Film Festival touring Australia and New Zealand beginning March 2018. (details below). Please share this Vimeo page as widely as possible to support those leading the way in sustainable travel.
‘Here for the Long Run’ was written, directed and shot entirely on iPhone 6+ and Osmo Mobile by Adventure Junky. To discuss marketing partnerships, and/or the creation of a film for your destination/travel experience please contact Nigel Malone on firstname.lastname@example.org