What do we mean by responsible and sustainable tourism?
To travel, experience and learn new, is central to develop an understanding of how the world around us really is.
The use if this privilege have in many ways become misuse – regarding both the quantity and quality: To travel to another country has become a habit, a right – it is no longer seen as a privilege of the majority in the richest part of the world. The same majority also chose a way of travelling, which basically is not useful neither for their own knowledge of the world , nor for the country they travel to.
Here are some starting initiatives on how to develop more quality, less quantity and a reduction of the burden we give on to our climate and nature:
- Reduce the number of your international travels and the distance of them.
- Choose an organizer that only use tourist services provided by local persons and companies
- Use a tested and proved method of portable water cleaning, so you can refill your bottles and do not need to buy new bottles. If you buy bottled water anyway, keep it through your travels and take it home with you, if a local recycling system is not available.
- Use hotels/guesthouses that are owned and managed by local entrepreneurs, or organizers which collaborate with them.
- Use restaurants that are owned and managed by local entrepreneurs, or organizers which collaborate with them.
- Avoid using animals as transport or entertainment.
- Reduce transport during the travels.
- Choose organizers that dedicate a substantial part of their resources to support local non-profit organizations working for vulnerable parts of society.
- Explore opportunities to use all or a part of your travels for voluntary work, which concretely help the ones who need it.
- Choose an organizer that are involved in and support the sustainable development of local businesses.