Responsible tourism while traveling is now a responsibility of each one of us; Each person leaving their country must ensure that they are a responsible traveler.
To define, responsible tourism (or sustainable tourism) is any activity that exerts a low impact on the environment and local culture. There is an accrediting body called the Global Council of Sustainable Tourism (linked to UNESCO). It delivers the “Biosphere World Class Destination” certificate; recognizing tourism destinations, products, and companies that make sustainable tourism a transcendental part of their activities.
We know that going on vacation or traveling to a new country is always an adventure; We feel like in our own film and invincible in front of everything that surrounds us. This often leads people to abuse their tourist status. We see everything from a superficial position and do not respect the rules or cultures of the country we visit. We want to generate education for tourists, and thus help everyone to be a responsible traveler.
Many times we have heard people saying: “cover my shoulders and legs? But what retrogrades! I’m not going to do it “,” If all ride elephants, why do not I? “,” Take out this coral and take it as a souvenir will not harm anyone, there are thousands of corals here “,” haggling is a game, it does not matter if, in the end, I do not buy the shirt “and many other phrases of the style. All because we are not from there and we are “visiting”.
Here we want to show you the main topics that we have learned with travel related to responsible travel tourism. When you arrive in another country, feel it as yours. It’s just using our common sense, although we often forget it.
We invite you to read the following posts on responsible tourism while traveling, where we will talk more about how to be a responsible tourist.
In addition, we recommend this post from Amy Road where he tells us about useful and travel-friendly products.
- 1 Topics related to Sustainable Tourism in travel: Be a responsible traveler!
Animal abuse and responsable travels.
The practice of animal abuse is very common, especially in Southeast Asia. Countries like Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam have endless activities where the protagonists are animals, and we humans have the “luck” to interact with them.
Respect for different ethnic groups and their traditions.
Many travel agencies in the world earn a huge amount of money while you visit the most traditional ethnic groups in the area. This happens mostly in Southeast Asia and Africa, where there are real zoos of people.
Children labour and what to do as a tourist.
In some countries of the world, many children walk the streets selling all kinds of items. You will find bracelets, t-shirts, stones from the beach, whatever you can imagine and can carry with their little hands.
In many cases, it is qualified as abuse, but as help for the family situation. As a responsible traveler, you must be able to identify these situations.
Diving and snorkeling: What is under the surface must also be respected.
Snorkeling and responsible diving … if you’re new to this, it probably does not sound like much.
It’s not something new that the oceans are dying slowly, but dying… That’s why we give you several tips to follow when you practice scuba diving or snorkeling. They will help you not only to take care of the seabed, reef, and animals down there; but also to enjoy it more.
Different countries – different cultures – different traditions
When traveling always remember that you are the stranger in the country of your visit, not the others. What on your house may be considered normal, can be an insult in other countries.