Today’s Solutions: March 03, 2024

Excited to return to travel, but concerned about doing so sustainably? New travel company Byway Travel could hold the solution to your problems. Founded in March of last year by Cat Jones, the company organizes what they call “slow travel” itineraries that guide travelers to fascinating destinations in a more environmentally friendly manner. 

Byway specializes in vacations that take advantage of boats, trains, buses, and bicycles to make your getaway as green as possible. Navigating the intricacies of public transportation in another city or country isn’t always easy, but Byway simplifies this process by surveying users about their interests and crafting an itinerary for them. Users can also browse already-created itineraries on the company’s website. 

As part of their slow travel phenomenon, Byway not only makes transportation sustainable but also encourages visitors to patron locally-owned businesses and accommodations. Plus, they partner with organizations on the ground that have a deep understanding of local cultures to introduce visitors to off-the-beaten-track attractions. 

Jones acknowledges that founding a travel company in the midst of a global pandemic was no easy feat, but Byway has seen an exponential increase in demand as travel restrictions ease and vaccination rates increase. As reported by Treehugger, Jones thinks the wake of the pandemic is the perfect time to introduce people to a slower, more mindful way to vacation.

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