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There are many ways of traveling and being a tourist, in some of them you just visit amazing places and in others you get involved with the local inhabitants, create bonds and have an amazing cultural exchange.
We are talking about sustainable tourism, and it is defined as a way of traveling that takes as a base nature, environment, and culture; because it respects both local people and travelers. It can also provide people with an exciting and educational holiday that also benefits and helps the people of a host destination.
It includes some characteristics like appreciating the benefits and problems of social inequality and environment, developing a critical awareness of the ways in which each traveler can enhance the welfare of people and protect the natural and cultural heritage. Promoting a personal commitment that maximize human development and environmental quality and plan ways of spreading this way of traveling.
If you feel attracted by sustainable tourism, you may consider doing it, trust us, it is a unique and amazing experience that you must live at least once in your life.
How can you help?
Sustainable tourism can also mean traveling in a green way and leaving small carbon footprint, experts have some advice for you: plan a trip closer to home, avoid air travel and choose the train instead of other form of transportation. Also, treat your hotel room like it’s your own house (turn the lights and air conditioning off when you leave), rent a bike or walk instead of a car. You can also use rechargeable gadgets and support the local community you’re visiting by purchasing food and goods from local suppliers. Take into account three aspects:
Start by respecting wildlife, you can do a research before visiting a place and learning about the flora and fauna of a country. Then save every drop, clean water is a limited resource in many places in the world so try to save water at hotels; and finally change your commute, walk as much as you can and don’t rent a car.
Consider focusing on culture and learning from it, this will help you have a cultural exchange and have a full experience on your destination. Ask all the questions you have, no matter if you feel like you know everything about that country or city, dialogue with the locals and learn from them. Part of that exchange is to teach them about your own culture and demonstrate your willingness to learn.
When you travel abroad you inject money into that place’s economy, so invest in local culture through buying souvenirs like traditional textiles and handcrafts. Also empower communities by visiting locally owned businesses to benefit the continuation of traditional, culturally-important skills that get passed down through generations. Another important part of contributing the economy is by donating carefully, instead of just giving your money to charity look for vocational centers with restaurants and shops, that guarantee some of the money will go towards a good cause.
Traveling responsibly and in a green way and enjoy a lot more these experiences, that you probably won’t live in any other way. If you want to learn more about organizing your trips and seeing the world, read more on: