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There are ways to have an authentic travel experience without having a negative impact on local life. Photo: Micaela Heck/Elena Scotti The pandemic has increased everyone’s wanderlust by leaps and bounds, but booking a trip to the place you’ve seen tagged all over Instagram can have a negative impact on local communities. This week, we’re learning how to be more conscientious travelers with help from travel journalist Sara Clemence. Listen to this week’s episode to hear Sara’s tips on how to find exotic destinations that aren’t experiencing “overtourism,” and how to go about researching the places you plan to visit to make more conscientious choices, like staying in locally-owned lodging. Sara is a travel writer and former travel editor for The Wall Street Journal, and news director at Travel + Leisure. She’s also the author of the book Away & Aware: A Field Guide to Mindful Travel . Listen to The Upgrade above or find us in all the usual places podcasts are served, including Apple Podcasts , Google Play , Spotify , iHeartRadio , and Stitcher . Highlights from this week’s episode Sara on why we need to be more thoughtful about planning our vacations: We have been binge traveling. It’s so easy. It’s so cheap, and there isn’t much of a reason to think twice about it. And in addition, I should add, you’ve got social media, right? Social media is massive. It’s also just messed everything up. And one of the things it is additionally messed […]