Line 4 of the Barcelona metro service, three o’ clock in the afternoon (Line 4 is the one that goes to the beach). I’m on my way to a work meeting. There’s no seats available, so I simply stand. I look around and realize that I can’t hear even a hint of Spanish, much less Catalan. English, French, and Dutch dominate the scene. I see tourists with their towels, flip flops, and reddish skins. I wonder if they notice me there, if they think my outfit or my white skin are strange. Do they think I was put there as a part of a museum display to enhance their “tourist experience”? I arrive at my stop and make my way out, feeling strangely foreign in my own country. [Read more…] about 10 tips for not being just another tourist in Barcelona
We’re citizens of our own place of residency, but when we go on vacations, we dress up as travelers and leave our routines behind to visit a tourist destination, where time doesn’t stop for us and life goes on for the people who live there. And what usually happens? When tourist activity grows, peaceful coexistence becomes more difficult. Do you think it’s possible that some day we’ll have this division in the world’s most touristic cities?
Recently I attended the Forum Turistic, a technologic event that we have in Barcelona where during two days they talk about many solutions to raise the tourists satisfaction and at the same time, think about how technology can be an ally for sustainable tourism. But, can technology help sustainable tourists? Let’s see. [Read more…] about Can technology help sustainable tourists?
Have you ever visited Barcelona? If you got there by plane, did you look through the window to see the landscape before landing? If you did, maybe you realized that there’s a natural space next to the airport (the green area painted in the map below) and it’s surrounded by large cities and Mediterranean Sea. Its name is Delta del Llobregat and it’s a key zone for migratory birds, as well as, an important crop area for adjoining cities. [Read more…] about Connecting with the natural patrimony of Barcelona.
Based on my experience, here you can find some advice to set out on a sustainable travel by yourself:
- Look for information before starting a trip, because it’s important to know about the traditions, the natural and cultural patrimony, and the social situation.
- Respect the environment, the people and their customs.
Traveling taking care of the environment it’s easy if you commit with yourself to impact it as less as possible. If in your everyday life you use fabric bags to go shopping, or you separate waste, or you use transports that generate few or null greenhouse gas emissions, in short, if you are an environmental friendly person, then you are ready to be part of a revolution. Which revolution? [Read more…] about Do you want to be part of the sustainable tourism revolution?