Want to see the world and make a positive impact? Keep reading to discover how you can easily play your part in sustainable tourism, plus how to experience an authentic time away by supporting community-based tourism.
From recycling at home, to eating more plants, there are lots of things we can do to help our planet that aren’t a compromise. This idea can be extended to the way we travel, book holidays and make memories that will last a lifetime.
To paraphrase Green Ideas for Tourism, sustainable tourism is making optimal use of environmental resources that play a positive role in maintaining natural heritage and biodiversity. Respecting the host's communities and cultural traditions, and supporting businesses that are visibly rooted in community investment.
This can enhance the experiences we have whilst we’re away by having authentic and culturally-sensitive experiences that are constructive to the communities we’re visiting.
It can start with simple ideas, like:
There are plenty of excellent pros that come with the tourism industry. So with a little bit of consideration, our holidays can help boost:
This idea invites local residents to share their lives and experiences with travellers on their own terms. Responsible Travel says ‘community based tourism enables the tourist to discover local habitats and wildlife, and celebrates and respects traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. The community will be aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will foster community based conservation of these resources.’
If you’re looking for some great examples of how you can have a positive impact on your travels, have a look at the 50 plus projects TreadRight run across the world. Maybe you’ll be inspired for your next trip
To secure long term viability, meaning that not only future generations are able to enjoy the same stunning natural scenery as we can now, but even more importantly that local communities to these tourist rich areas, can continue to live in their homes
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