“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St. Augustine

There’s something about traveling that puts you in another world. You’re in a different place, ready to be inspired by beautiful things and learn lessons that come your way.

Travel is immersive and inspiring, but what if you could travel with a higher purpose? A global mission? Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s SWIM (Serving the World’s Imperiled Marine life) Eco-tour Destinations offer that unique opportunity. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that we’ve got four reasons why “SWIMming” with LMC will change the way you travel.

  1. You’ll only want to travel with a mission.

It’s incredibly rewarding to be part of something bigger than yourself; a cause or a mission that you truly believe in. SWIM offers participants the unique opportunity to assist a local organization in day-to-day conservation efforts like marine animal research/rescue and mangrove restoration. You’ll be so inspired from helping make those efforts happen that from then on, you’ll always look for trips with a purpose.

  1. You’ll travel sustainably.

You might think it’s #trendy, but trust us, sustainable travel is the best only way to travel. Proceeds from SWIM Eco-tours go directly to the host conservation organization to help fund critical research, rehabilitation and education work. That means your support on purpose-driven trips will stay within the local community – whether you’re there for conservation, food relief or another cause you love.

  1. You’ll never want to leave.

Imagine immersing yourself in and around the sounds of nature, hiking through rain forests, listening to local birds calling, watching a Hawaiian sunset or enjoying the ocean. SWIM’s hands-on experience in a local and bio-diverse ecosystem will win over your heart forever, and you just might be tempted to forget your plane ride home.

  1. You’ll gain unforgettable memories.

Adventurers – like you – will have the unique opportunity to explore a beautiful ecosystem and local culture while giving back to the environment through SWIM. It’s a trip that makes travel look (do) good. Plus, you’ll make new friends, share laughs and make unforgettable memories. Now that’s definitely a must-have experience with every adventure.

For more information about SWIM Eco-tours**, visit marinelife.org/SWIM. 2017 destinations include Maui, Hawai’i and Padre Ramos, Nicaragua.

**All activities included in SWIM tours are conducted responsibly and abide by the best practices for viewing, handling and interacting with wildlife. SWIM guides are trained biologists and experienced naturalists that offer a unique and in-depth look at some of the world’s most fascinating ecosystems.