What would you call a responsible traveler? Do you even care to be one? Find out more from this blog article. Becoming a responsible traveler would simply means to be able to give back to the local communities while traveling, minimizing the environmental or social impact as a result of you travelling to that particular location, or do your part in helping the locals conserve fragile cultures or wildlife.
What Do You Do To Travel Responsibly?
Do you realize that by travel responsibly, you will be able to preserve the place you visited for another day?
Do you realize that there are significant increase on tourist attraction polluted with solid waste and littering?
Do you know that on average, passengers on a cruise ship each account for up to 3.5 kilograms of garbage daily? (Source: UNEP)
There is a whole list of questions that can ask you whether you are a responsible travelers or not. But, I'm not here to lecturing you. Learn these seven things that you can do practically to play your part in this responsible travel movement.
1. Do more research
Research is king. Do more research on the particular location you are visiting even before coming and now it is easier to find the information as most of it would be available over the Internet.
2. Choose the right tour operator
Carefully choose your tour operator. Operators whose are centered on good causes would not only provide you best services, but also ensuring your travel to be directly impacting the causes they work in.
3. Visit a national park
National parks are specially created zones meant to conserve biodiversity and preserve natural habitats and are also open to potential adventure or natural enthusiasts. These zones are off-limits to loggers and developers, keeping natural at its most pristine condition. Going to a national park would brings revenue to both the park management and the local communities directly.
4. Stop plucking
You may have come across beautiful flowers and interesting plants along the way while walking in the jungle. Put away your "itchy" hands and keep those flora as it is . You may capture photos instead.
5. Do not litter
Plastic food wrappers and bottles are getting common on tourist attractions, whether it on the jungle trekking trails, at the waterfalls or rest stops. It is such sad scene to see a beautiful natural attraction ruined by garbage, not to mention the extra effort needed to remove them. Be a responsible by bringing back your trash until you could properly dispose them.
Joining a conservation volunteering program would not only be a fun thing to do, but also a great way to help the undeserved communities while going to travel to new places. The last thing you want to do is volunteering to a wrong program so check the background of the organizers to make sure they are genuine with their cause.
7. Keep an open mind
Accepting the way of the life of the people instead of looking down on them would be one of the steps that you could do when it comes to travel responsibly. By respecting the customs of the land, you are sending a strong message of appreciation to the people living there, and thus encouraging them to preserve what's left of their fragile cultural aspect in a world increasingly swallowed by modernization.