How To Be An Eco-Friendly Tourist
One of the most common trends among vacationers these days is to take an eco-friendly vacation. For many travellers this means visiting an eco-resort and immersing yourself in nature. For others, this simply means taking proactive steps to be more eco-friendly in general ways while on vacation.
Regardless of your definition, eco-friendly vacations are are popular all around the world, from the Pampasses of Argentina to the warm tropical waters of the Bahamas. Despite this increase in eco-friendly resorts there are still many travellers who have don’t know how easy it is to make their trip eco-friendly.
The following are 5 basic tips for how to be an eco-friendly tourist.
1. Expand where you travel.
Don’t believe that there are only a few places you must visit before you die. This is even more important for eco-tourists as some of the most popular eco-tourism destinations like Peru, Belize, the Galapagos Island and Costa Rica have become very trendy to visit over the last decade which has made them into over-visited destinations. These destinations are over-populated and littered with waste. You don’t want to be a contributor.
If care isn’t taken there could come a time in the near future where the influx of tourists begins to reduce the size of these destinations to the point where there is little worth visiting.
If you want to go somewhere international, there are great lesser traveled locations in tropical destinations like Thailand, the Bahamas or many of the South Pacific island states. It’s easy to find a eco-friendly resort in one of these locations that’s less crowded with tourists.
2. Always travelling in eco-friendly vehicles.
Cars and airplanes are much worse for the environment than trains, ferries and busses are. nother option for travelling in the most eco-friendly way possible is to take a cycling holiday. This will give you plenty of exercise while you save on fuel.
3. Leave nature as it is.
In order to be in harmony with nature you need to have empathy, understanding and respect for the environment you are in. This means always picking up after yourself and leaving the natural beauty as is. Don’t assume you can take anything home with you!
You should always leave animals in their natural habitats and avoid using these animals as a means of entertainment. If you wish to see animals sign up for a local wilderness hike or a safari. Just make sure that the operators of these tours make a point of treating animals ethically and safely so that no animals may be hurt while you interact with them.
4. Avoid the large chain hotels.
They usually are not geared towards eco-tourism. True eco-tourists know that the best places to stay tend to be smaller accommodations, campsites, organic farms and eco-lodges. These types of places are much more in tune with the local natural habitats. They’re also more personal, and the owners can give you good ideas of activities that are interesting and both beneficial for the Earth as well.
5. Always support the local economy of your destination.
This can be something small like purchasing small handcrafts made by locals instead of something from a local corporation. It fuels the people in these eco-systems!
Eco-tourism can be a great way to see the Earth while helping to save it as well. It has become one of the most enjoyable ways to experience a vacation, and it isn’t too hard to adhere to.
Mostly if you act the way you would when you are home while on the road, then the Earth will benefit from your caring. This way our natural environment, and beloved vacation destinations, will continue to be beautiful for people to see across the world for decades to come.