Responsible travel is about being environmentally, culturally, and economically aware with your travel choices.
Whether your travels take you to a tropical beach, a bustling city, or a tranquil village, responsible travel is travelling in a sustainable way that benefits the country you are visiting as well as the environment.
The question that many travellers ask is: “ How Can I Be a More Responsible Traveller?”
Responsible travel is not always easy. It can be confusing. This article is a short guide to help you gain a better understanding of how to be a Responsible Traveller and how to get started.
The following are simple steps you can take to become a more responsible traveller.
The following are 10 conscious choices that will reduce your footprint.
01 | Choose Your Transport
Use low impact transport when possible: walk, cycle, use public transport, carpool, etc.
02 | Book Green Labelled Accommodation
Eco-friendly hotels and eco-places of stay help develop sustainable tourism.
03 | Pack Green
Use organic and biodegradable soap, sunscreen, washing powder, etc.
04 | Share Your Material
If you only use it once a year, you can rent it or buy it with a friend.
05 | Preserve the Ecosystem
If you touch coral while snorkeling or pick flowers when hiking, you will damage what you came for … so avoid doing such things.
06 | Buy & Eat Local & Organic
It’s safe and beneficial to the local economy and it’s usually better than commercial products.
07 | Reduce Waste
Water is often scarce, save it! Keep your waste with you until you find a bin. For Example … carry a trash bag to collect your waste until you can dispose of it properly.
08 | Go for Eco-Friendly Activities
Non-motorised activities are often more fun, good for the environment, and better for YOU and your health.
09 | Calculate Your Travel Footprint
When travelling by plane or car, there is a simple tool you can use to calculate your trip’s climate impact. Check out www.greentripper.org
10 | Support Certified Projects
You can compensate for your CO2 impact by making a financial contribution for CO2 reduction project in a developing country. These projects are a guarantee for real, traceable, and permanent climate action.
Remember, our actions can have a big impact on the world while we travel. Make sure it is a positive one.
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