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Tourism is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. You might not be aware of this but tourism has quite an impact on the planet and can cause some serious problems which we’re slowly seeing manifest nowadays. From ecological degradation, overexploitation of places, gas emission by vehicles, overconsumption of resources to loss of cultural heritage, these are just some of the things that some travelers may unintentionally be causing while they travel.

Thankfully, however, more people are becoming conscious about the way they travel, and more places are making efforts to sustain and preserve their communities. Thus, sustainable tourism began.

But first, what is “Sustainable Tourism”?

According to the World Tourism Organization, (Sustainable Tourism) is “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment, and host communities”.


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As tourists, we have the responsibility to travel as mindful and respectful as we can. Even if you’re traveling just within your city, being conscious of your actions can greatly impact the world.

1. Direct flights – One of the easiest green things you can do when you travel abroad. By getting direct flights, not only will it conserve fuel but you’re lessening the carbon emission planes generate as well.

2. Bring reusables – Practice bringing reusable bottles, straws, shopping bags, etc. as much as possible even if you aren’t going on a trip. This will ultimately lessen the planet’s overall consumption of single disposables and eventually help decrease waste.

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3. Research on eco-friendly accommodations, tours, etc. – You can choose suppliers that offer and holds high environmental standards aside. You can check or ask for their sustainability policy. You can also opt to stay with local places instead of the bigger commercial ones as it will help with local communities.

4. Walk if it’s possible – Walking is the best way to familiarize yourself in a new place. It’s also a great way to explore. So try to walk where it’s possible. You can research places you can visit on your walk. In this way, you can lessen your carbon footprint.

5. Recycle – When it comes to your waste, try disposing of it as clean as possible and recycle always.

6. Support local restaurants – What better way to get to know a place and its people, than eating their delicacies. And where to get them than from local restaurants, prepared and owned by the locals.

7. Respect the culture, traditions, and locals – Being respectful means being mindful of your actions in a different place, and taking care of things as if they were your own.


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8. Take care of heritage places – There are plenty of heritage sites all over the world. Every place has at least one that is very important to their culture or land. Take care of these sites by not leaving trash, vandalizing, and even stealing them.

9. Buy souvenirs from local shops – Choose souvenirs that you won’t end up throwing in the trash as soon as you get back. Textile, art, ceramics, instruments, etc are some you can buy and keep for years to come. Research on where and how they are made. But doing so, you’re helping the local community to thrive. Most especially, don’t buy illegal trades like animals and rare herbs.

10.  Get involved – One of the best things you can involve yourself in sustainable traveling is to volunteer. By volunteering for beach clean-ups, recycling programs, and other environmental programs, helps keep awareness to other people. Share your experiences and stories to others that they might get inspired to travel sustainability. You can even do it in your community.


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Practice these steps whenever you travel because this will eventually lead you to completely live your lives as mindful and conscious as possible. Ultimately, this will help keep our planet alive for future generations to enjoy.

 

 

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