Talking about Sustainable Tourism with people I’ve identified some tourist patterns. All of them, each to their preferences, can achieve to have a lower impact on the Environment because Sustainability has the power to fit any type of Tourism. And this is what I try to explain to them. In this article you will find the six most important concerns about Sustainable Tourism and my points of view about them.
This thing of being a Sustainable Tourist seems cool, but does that mean the trip will be more expensive?
One’s holiday’s budget is an important issue and there’s no way of avoiding it. It’s true that tourism establishments based on sustainability are sometimes expensive, but there’s a reason for this: they provide value to the Environment and Society. Tourists who appreciate this have no problem in spending a little more, because they know that they will find quality service and a company with a real commitment to the Environment.
My holidays are very important to me because they are my time to relax and disconnect from daily routine. If I want to be sustainable, does it mean that I can’t take the trip I want?
Definitely not. You are the main character in your holidays, so nobody can’t force you to do something you don’t like. I assure you there is a sustainable way for you to travel, and it will be an enriching experience.
Wait… won’t it be an undercover voluntary service?
More and more, people do voluntary service during their holidays, but if that’s not your priority don’t worry, because there are a lot of ways to have less impact on the Environment when you travel.
What you’re saying seems really interesting, and I also love to spend time in the mountains, but does that mean that I’ll be bird-watching and learning names of plants every day?
It’s true that there are some people who use their holidays to get to know more about the flora and fauna of some places, but, being sustainable is much more than looking for scientific knowledge. Mountain areas offer a lot of possibilities to do sustainable activities, like going for a hike with a tour guide that can show you how shepherds and locals live. But at the same time, if we don’t know how to take on our nature holidays, natural habitats become more vulnerable.
I’m more of an urban type of person, so I don’t like to spend all my holidays in the nature. I prefer to go for a walk through a city, taste the gastronomy, visit museums, etc. So I don’t really think I can be much of a sustainable tourist.
In my opinion, you can be sustainable even if you are an urban tourist. The city is a wonderful place to discover green zones, sleep in zero emissions accommodations and to decrease your ecological print by cycling or going for a walk through the city and stopping in the best ecological foods restaurants.
What happens if after trying all the sustainable alternatives I still have a negative impact on the Environment?
Nothing happens. The most important thing is to start implementing little changes during your trips and experimenting how that makes you feel. I always say that zero impact is almost impossible and it isn’t my goal. My main concern is that you have a wonderful holiday, doing whatever you love and using natural resources in the best possible way.
Did you identify yourself with some of the patterns I described? Which are your most important concerns when you want to travel sustainably? You can leave a comment below.
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