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October 18, 2021
We love to travel, but we know that travelling can be very damaging to the environment. That is why it is so important to us to travel as sustainably as we can. Travelling responsibly is important as it help to protect the world's ecology, natural wonders and animals. If you enjoy travelling then you know that there are always unsustainable options available, and these options are often tempting. Whether it's cheap flights, all-day excursions or the opportunity for the perfect Instagram shot, we've all been tempted. However, we think it is important to look at the bigger picture and consider the harm that we can cause by engaging in these kinds of activities. That's why we've rounded up some of our top tips and tricks for being a more sustainable tourist...
What is sustainable tourism? To put it simply, sustainable tourism is a way of travelling that focuses on respecting the destination's environment, culture and people. For a lot of us, we see travelling as an escape which unfortunately means we often aren't as careful in our choices as we might be at home. Many mistakes tourists make are due to lack of education, such as ignoring local customs or traditions, wearing sun cream that isn't reef safe or even riding elephants at fraudulent 'sanctuaries.' The purpose of sustainable tourism is to combat these negatives by creating positive impacts instead. The Travel Foundation, an organisation that works to benefit local people and protect the environment, believes we can be sustainable tourists by:
Whilst this can all sound quite daunting at first, it really does come easily! The main things to remember and implement on your next holiday are:
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