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Why is sustainable tourism so different from everything else?

Why is sustainable tourism so different from everything else?

August 18, 2016
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Sustainable or responsible tourism is a different way of traveling and living experiences like no other. It doesn’t matter where you come from or where you are going, the main objective is to do it without damaging the environment or local hosts, helping others and being happy.

Through this blog we will explain to you why sustainable tourism is so different from everything else, and by everything we mean other ways of traveling. When you decide to do it, take into consideration this content and have a great trip!


Principles of sustainable tourism

According to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), every traveler must follow a guide of good practices to reduce its bad impact on the world. These principles are:

         -Preparing a trip in advance.
         -Choosing the right tour operator.
         -Respecting local customs, culture and lifestyle.
         -Always consider and be careful with the impact your presence causes.
         -Cherish the whole experience once you return home.

Alongside with that, UNESCO also establishes policies that countries must follow to improve and attract sustainable tourists.


-Develop projects that include local representatives, and  these projects must be compatible with the needs and practices of local communities.

-Planning controls that are designed to ensure regional dispersal of tourism development to avoid over concentration and regional inequality.

-Hotels must install effluent treatment plants for water and waste.

-Local employment should be enforced as well as minimum wage levels approved by independent labor unions.


When you visit a new country you can contribute to sustainable tourism by reducing your carbon footprint, stay in family-run hotels or hostels, you can even do a homestay. You can also carry reusable containers like water bottles, set a good example for local inhabitants and fellow travelers by having a good behavior and having a great cultural exchange.

Read more: How does ecoturism help the local communities?

What else can you do?

Other things you can do are volunteering and supporting local shops and artisans, you can do it by enrolling in a NGO and working side by side with local people in agriculture, education or even art projects. By supporting local shops and artisans you are definitively helping the local economy of those persons, improving their quality of life while you buy beautiful crafts.


In addition to that, you can also choose a local tour company, that way your money goes directly into the local touristic market and you will have a better tour of your destination. You can also eat local food, like this you will taste authentic gastronomy and spend less money rather than eating in fast food chains.


Also be aware of animal cruelty, especially in touristic attractions that involve a show with the fauna of the place. Unfortunately this has been a concern for humanitarian organizations because of the increase this crime has had.  Another way of contributing is by reducing your plastic usage, use reusable items and don’t throw your garbage on the streets, beaches or the woods.


One of the most important things you can do is to respect the culture you are visiting; this will help you avoid having a cultural crash and feel more welcome among local inhabitants. Always remember to speak slowly, learn some slang words and be aware of the custom differences you have with them; if you do this you will get involved with the destination you are visiting and have a more pleasant trip.


With one small action, you can change the world and contribute in a good way. Travel, enjoy and live life to the fullest!

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