World Tourism Day – How to Travel Responsibly
World Tourism Day is upon us! Taking place on 27 September, this day is created to celebrate the benefits of tourism for both travellers and local economies. We all deserve to see the ‘incredible diversity of our planet and the beauty of the world we live in’ first hand, but environmental issues mean that the planet is constantly changing.
So, you might be asking yourself – can you tour the world and be environmentally conscious at the same time? Most certainly. It’s easier than you think to travel responsibly. All it takes is just a few tweaks to your usual holiday routine and you’ll be helping the environment.
Pack eco toiletries
Toiletries are quite high up on the list of items to pack, but if you’re concerned about the environment then you may already know that a lot of toiletries can be quite damaging. Using toiletries that have recycled or biodegradable packaging, or opting for natural vegan products when possible, will reduce the environmental impact of your holiday.
Fly on a direct route
Plan your holiday with carbon dioxide emissions in mind and take either a direct flight or the shortest flight available to reach your destination. Once you’ve arrived, continue your responsible travel and do as much walking as you can rather than hiring a car. Discovering a city on foot gives you a better feel for the place and you’ll be contributing to ecotourism, so it’s a win-win. Want to go further afield? Choose public transport or hire a bike.
Choose a local tour guide
Local tour guides are not only knowledgeable about the places that they live, but they’re also extremely passionate about them. Your guide will show you all of the reasons that they love the destination you’re visiting. You’ll visit spots known more to locals than to tourists as well.
When you travel like a local your money goes some way to supporting the local economy. Choosing to vote with your wallet and supporting residents while you’re on your holiday is an important part of responsible travel and often gets overlooked.
Consider your water usage
Water usage is typically high on holidays. You’re often in and out of swimming pools or moving around in hot weather a lot, so more than one shower is sometimes necessary. Be reasonable, and don’t spend longer than 10 minutes in the shower if you’re washing multiple times a day.
Always respect the environment
Whether you’re at home or away on holiday, respecting the environment is always important. Sometimes, people recycle regularly at home but forget about this when they travel. Be mindful of the environment and keep hold of your litter in a small plastic bag until you find a bin, rather than littering in urban or rural areas. Better still, commit to green travel fully and hang on to your rubbish until you find an appropriate recycling bin!
The environment is one of the most important things in the world. It’s up to us all to care for it. These simple tips on how to be responsible when travelling and practise successful green tourism will help you to preserve the world that we all love. Why not start with a short haul trip and apply them there for an even more enjoyable visit?