It’s been many years since the terms ecotourism and sustainable travel first developed. Since then, the complex relationship between travel and responsibility to our planet, has grown in importance. Some even declare it an oxymoron to put the two together – opposites, like oil and water. Well, pardon us if we disagree.
Not only are there ways that tourism can benefit everyone, but the concept of responsible travel is becoming more mainstream.
The economic and social benefits of tourism are more obvious, particularly in developing countries, because (if done correctly) tourism can create jobs and increase the country’s revenue. It can also improve infrastructure and cultural understanding between guest and host. The environmental benefits are sometimes less obvious. However, tourism has helped promote awareness and conservation of natural resources and wildlife.
We thought that Earth Day would be a good opportunity to provide you with a list of a few things that you can do on your next trip, to be a more responsible traveler. This is not a comprehensive list. Travelers can do various little things to tread lightly and create a positive impact on the destinations they visit.
- Support local economies by buying local handicrafts and food that has not been imported.
- Travel by public transportation within the destination, or better yet, walk or bike.
- Respect the culture and engage with the local people.
- Use natural resources sparingly.
- Don’t buy bottled water – bring your own canteen instead.
*Bonus tip! Contact us to help you select sustainable hotels and local guides for a memorable (and responsible) holiday!
We would love to hear what responsible efforts (big or small) have you made while traveling.