Firstly, what is a sustainable Campspace host? At Campspace, we work with private landowners from all over the world and the landowners offer their outdoor space for travelers to spend a night at. Together with hosts, we make sure sustainable holiday destinations are an option for travelers. The landowners host their land, aka., camp spaces, for travelers to enjoy nature on all levels. A sustainable Campspace host is one that puts in the effort, time, and energy into working with what they have and giving back to their community. There are numerous sustainable activities a host can practice. Our community tries to include new sustainable habits, or maintain them in our daily lives; it is different per individual. Whether you are interested in becoming a Campspace host or you already are one, here is a guide on how to be a sustainable Campspace host.
Sustainability is very different per person, their setting, and their situation. Thus, it is important to make reflections on your daily life and what your habits are. As one of our Campspace hosts, Tamara advises, instead of focusing on what you “should” do by governmental or societal standards, start with what you know you can do. Starting small and increasing tasks at your own speed makes sustainability a more rewarding feeling. In the end, sustainability should not feel like a chore and rather a part of our lifestyle that we once lost when industrialization occurred.
Recycling your waste and using or buying less plastic is a good start. Once you feel like it is a normal part of your day, start exploring what you do outside of your house. Therefore, analyzing your personal situation, your habits, the connection you have with people, and how you communicate is the first step to knowing how you can improve and become a sustainable host according to your own standards.
Many Campspace hosts, if anything, started working with their land and camp spaces first. This approach allows your environment to motivate and inspire you to keep involving yourself in sustainable activities. However, for individuals that are starting out, once you feel ready to incorporate sustainability into your Campspace host life, sustainability involving your camp space is a great next step. It’s extremely important to set goals because maintaining a sustainable life can require just as much effort, time, and energy as improving your sustainable life.
Ideas for current Campspace hosts to be more sustainable are to collect rainwater, plant specific plants that can provide for certain animals, or start a business utilizing second-hand items or resources you already have. Whereas ideas for potential Campspace hosts to be more sustainable is to try and maintain the health of your existing nature or plant a food forest to sustain yourself, insects, and other animals. Learning from the process can also take time as you grow more aware of your own needs and nature’s needs.
Something that is often overlooked is that sustainability only means preventing damages that affect our physical environment and nature. Sustainability is also a community and having a balanced relationship, approach, and mindset to life and your connections with people. Real human connections are one of Campspace’s values and this is practiced every time a guest stays at your camp space. Not only do you offer a rich place for travelers to spend their nights, you offer experiences that can positively affect their mental wellbeing. Meanwhile, they support you back, giving back to the whole community, and supporting a circular economy.
As one of our Campspace hosts, Samantha advises, “Be kind to nature, because there is only one. There’s also a lot more to life than what you think. Next time you have the opportunity to be in a forest, feel and appreciate its presence with your own.”
All in all, being a sustainable host means finding joy in your lifestyle outdoors, and either maintaining or improving sustainability at your own pace. Starting small is better than not doing anything. Be part of a community where we work towards building a sustainable community where we can learn a lot from each other. In addition to being a sustainable host, we can be sustainable travelers, read our article on how to include 5 habits into your life. If you also want to get to know a few of our hosts more in detail, feel free to read our article on “How are our Hosts Sustainable?”
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