6 ways a traveler can practice sustainable tourism

25 January  |  Listicles

sustainable tourism

The concept of eco-tourism is gaining popularity very quickly among the travellers of today. From students to families who are taking off on holidays spanning days or weeks, the focus today is the “take only pictures, leave only footprints” approach. A good way to respect the lands that you visit while taking in all that it has to offer is by following some of these principles listed below:

  1. Save Water: While showering and washing up are essentials, you can always take shorter showers and make sure you turn the water off while shaving or brushing your teeth. Try and re-use your towel and bed linen if they are not soiled and avoid giving your clothes for the laundry at the hotel since they usually run a separate batch for each guests’ load of clothes.
  2. Save Energy: Staying at a hotel, we may assume that the hassle of the electricity is on the hotel, but we can play our part in conserving even this energy. Switch the lights off when you don’t need them, clean up your room yourself so it doesn’t warrant the need for expensive and energy-consuming cleaning appliances and make sure you’re taking every effort to save electricity.
  3. Volunteer your time: A way of giving back to the community that you choose to make your home for however short or long a stay, volunteering will help you learn a lot more while paying back the locals for their time and effort. Also consider whether volunteering your time will actually help those around you, as there is no shame in donating money to a good cause.
  4. Shop locally: Find produce, gifts, souvenirs and more from local shops that will give you more authentic merchandise to take back home. If you’re looking for staying options, see if the home of a local is available to you, and eat at the local shops where you get the best meals for a fraction of the cost.
  5. Take local transport: Instead of flying short distances, take the time to travel by local transport such as buses, trains and alternative methods which will allow you to experience the geography of the area first-hand while offering you the added advantage of reducing your carbon footprint.
  6. Minimize your waste: Instead of new plastic bags for each item that you purchase, try and carry along your own cloth bags to carry your day’s shopping. Eat and drink at the local cafes and fill up water in your own reusable water bottle. For a more seasoned traveller, a water sterilization tool may be a good investment to make for all your future travels.

Sustainable tourism isn’t just about minimizing your effect on the environment. It has to do with supporting and nurturing the local communities and bringing economic tourism to the locals instead of large corporations that exploit local resources. If we all take these small steps towards more eco-friendly tourism, the world doesn’t need to be destroyed in the process of us learning more about it.

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