As you prepare for your journey abroad, you are undoubtedly excited about all of the amazing opportunities you will have to experience, new places, meet new people, and learn about the world. You may not be thinking, though, about the potential impact your journey may have on the environment and communities that you will visit. As more students take advantage of the chance to study overseas, it is increasingly important for students to incorporate responsible and sustainable practices into their travel. While many communities benefit from the revenue generated by tourism, this increased traffic can also put a strain on the local environment, economy, and culture. Astrid Jirka, co-director of the Green Passport Program and an outreach coordinator at Ithaca College’s Office of International Programs, explores this dilemma in her article.