In an increasingly more global world, the idea of travel is very alluring. People can better plan our trips, research on places to visit and work on packed itineraries. The downside is that as the influx of tourists worldwide go up, so does the risk of causing harm to the environment. Here then are some tips on keeping with sustainable travel practices.
Embrace the culture
Travel involves encounters with local traditions and the culture of a place. The idea is to decrease disruption of the existing way of life, and the environment in the places visited. People should adapt, not the other way around. Many tourist spots have been developed primarily to cater to tourism, but some do so just to make it more convenient for visitors. Travelers should make the locals feel that they are the ones adjusting.
Choose travel operators wisely
Before deciding on a travel package or tour operator, do your research and find out if the fees you pay do benefit the local community in terms of livelihood and welfare. Ask about, for example, the policies an operator has in place to ensure that animals are treated humanely. They have to be able to answer such questions.
Go to places that have established sustainability practices
Eco-friendly practices must be a priority in destinations. Choose based on a balance between benefiting the local economy and the region. Check first if the place employs the local community, promotes green-friendly initiatives, and offers educational opportunities to learn about the culture and the native environment.