Good Travelers = Good World Citizens

August 8, 2008

Stop the Drop

Having a passion to see the world usually means you have compassion for the planet itself. And that makes sense. Wouldn’t you rather travel thousands of miles to see a glorious snowy mountain range or breathtaking silver lake at sunrise than a polluted dump? (Actually, those tours exist, but they’re meant to be more educational than entertaining.)

And when you consider that your home could be someone else’s destination, then it follows that keeping your street, your town, or your local rivers and lakes clean means you can be adding to someone else’s travel experience. Picking up trash is one of the easiest ways travelers can help travelers.

My hero / favorite travel writer, Bill Bryson, has gotten involved with a large anti-litter campaign in his adopted home of England. Learn more about what he’s doing, and listen to one of the greatest English-American hybrid accents ever. He’s the coolest guy in the world!

And if someone can tell me what exactly fly-tipping is, I’m extremely curious.


  1. Fly-tipping is British English – means illegally dumping waste

  2. Thanks, Sabine! Like a lot of British slang, the actual words don’t make a lot of sense to my American ears (Where are the flies and how do you tip them if they’re flying around? It’s not like cow tipping.), but at least now I know what they’re talking about.

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