Tourism is a great and widely spread industry that can, if not managed properly, act as a double edged blade. Tourism can be responsible for environmental damage and culture loss, so we must act swiftly to retaliate against these negative effects and keep the damages to a minimum.
Be a responsible traveller and think green
Sustainable travel goes by many names such as ‘responsible travel’ and ‘green travel’, but no matter the label, the core point of it remains – to sustain economic and environmental conditions for future generations. It can be described as a conscious decision to chose a travel destination and leave no negative impact behind you. It’s important that travellers make effort to preserve and be respectful of the local people, they way of life and their culture. This effort defines truly responsible travellers that use methods of sustainable travel.
Reducing the tourist footprint isn’t tied to just physical environment life quality. Sustainable travel presents itself in three main forms: cultural, economic and environmental sustainability. And each plays a monumental role in sustainable travel.
Environmental sustainability refers to preservation of natural environments of a tourist destination. Awareness of this form of sustainability seems to be the strongest. But even though tourists try their best to preserve natural habitats, the means of transportation that they use really affects the air which leads to climate change. This is currently only avoidable by electric means of transportation that isn’t widely spread throughout the world.
Economic sustainability is all about aiming the tourist expenses towards the locals of the tourist destination. This heavily depends on food sources for caterers. It is necessary that every coin possible can reach the local communities.
Cultural sustainability focuses on preservation of local beliefs and traditions. This is as important as environmental sustainability. Disrespecting their tradition can lead to extinction of such, and that can lead to economic shifts in the future, as the destination becomes less appealing due to lack of cultural presence.
Even though it’s not common, you can still make a difference by sticking to some guidelines that will ensure sustainable travel. When travelling, be on a lookout for fresh local produce. This will surely direct your money towards the local communities, supplying both economic and cultural sustainability. Respect the traditions and cultures of the place you’re visiting. Embracing the uniqueness can make your travelling experience way more engaging and exciting, and it will encourage others to hold on to their tradition.
Look carefully if the hotel you’re booking is engaging in sustainable travel practices. These practices might include power preservation because of lack of renewable energy. The same goes for water saving methods, as clean drinkable may not be easily accessible. The bottom line is that as awareness of sustainable travel spreads, tourism will flourish flying colours for years to come.