We should only travel sustainably. International travel and tourism are far from sustainable, from excessive air travel that emits harmful CO2 to package holiday resorts built on natural regions.
Our world’s resources are limited. There are only so many beautiful, natural, undisturbed areas on our earth, and mass tourism threatens their survival. Nature, culture, and heritage should be protected rather than exploited.
Tragically, many passengers and travel industry professionals are unaware of how scarce our world’s resources are and how tourism harms the ecosystem, local cultures, and societies. This is where environmentally friendly travel comes into play.
What is Sustainable Travel?
There are various conceptions of sustainable travel, but we aim to keep it simple: regard for the local environment, socioeconomics, and culture. This regard translates into a heightened understanding and concern for the consequences of our decisions and actions as travelers, both good and harmful (and companies).
In practice, sustainable travel is traveling and experiencing things that help reduce your carbon footprint and support conservation, keeping your money local to support local companies and jobs, and preserving local culture and traditions.
Another advantage of sustainable travel is that it frequently results in more engaging and unique travel adventures for you, the traveler.
Why is Sustainable Tourism Important?
On practically every level, the potential to re-imagine tourism to make it more sustainable would be advantageous. Travelers may use travel’s full transforming effects by experiencing the genuine culture and making a positive difference while seeing the world.
The cash generated by visitors stays in the host community, assisting in the development of infrastructure and living standards and the preservation of cultural values and traditions. For the world, a more environmentally friendly mode of transportation will actively contribute to preserving and protecting mother nature’s treasures for future generations.
It’s a win-win scenario for everyone involved, and it’s something that can be accomplished with these environmentally friendly and sustainable travel strategies.
How to Be A Sustainable Traveler?
As travelers and tourists, we must advocate for environmentally-friendly travel and tourism. This isn’t going to happen in a day or two. The difficulties related to tourism do not have a miracle solution. However, we can endeavor to make travel safer and more environmentally friendly. Here are some suggestions on how we might travel more sustainably:
Use Sustainable Form of Transport to Get to Your Destination
Based on your destination, you may be able to fly, drive, or take a train or coach. If you’re traveling with a group, carpooling makes sense, but if you’re traveling alone, flying or taking the train may be more environmentally friendly. Traveling by train or bus is frequently a more environmentally friendly alternative than flying or driving however this depends on the route.
Fly with An Airline That is Devoting to Biofuels
Avoiding flying is one of the essential eco-friendly travel suggestions, but this isn’t always possible. Instead, look into airlines like Lufthansa, KLM, and American Airlines, investing heavily in clean biofuel technology.
Be a Slow Traveler
Reduce the harmful effects of air travel by flying less frequently and staying longer in places. Slow travel offers numerous advantages and allows you to travel more sustainably.
Research and Be Respectful of the Local Culture
Sustainable travel also entails resisting the urge to inflict your own culture or viewpoints on the place and society you’re visiting; for example, dress modestly if that’s the custom.
Stay in Locally-Owned Accommodation
Staying in a locally owned hotel is a great way to support local businesses. Guesthouses, B&Bs, Couchsurfing, and homestays are all examples of this. To learn more about who owns and runs the accommodation, read the ‘about’ sections on hotel websites and look at the hosts’ profiles.
Buy Souvenirs at Small Local Stores
When buying gifts for relatives and friends, support the local economy by shopping at small local businesses. The same is true while dining out. Check to see if the establishments you’re eating at are owned and operated by locals! Buying locally gives not only economic opportunities for individuals but also decreases a product’s negative environmental impact.
Camping is another attractive choice if you’re dedicated to sustainable travel accommodations and enjoy the outdoors. We’ve only camped a few times – such as last summer at Dancing Ledge – but the environmental benefits are clear.
Snorkel and Scuba Dive Responsibly
If you’re snorkeling or scuba diving, avoid walking on the coral because it can harm the ecology. We must snorkel and scuba dive ethically to maintain our lovely reefs. Avoid overpopulation by snorkeling or diving in smaller groups.
Do not attempt to handle or feed any fish or animals. Make careful use of sunscreen that is reef-safe. Titanium dioxide is found in a lot of store-bought sunscreens. This mineral does not biodegrade, and when it comes into contact with warm seawater, it produces hydrogen peroxide, which is toxic to all marine life.
You can harness all of travel’s great excitement and power by following these sustainable travel suggestions. So, what do you have to lose? It’s that simple to change your travel habits and promote sustainable tourism.