Green Travel Tips
The right place for “Green tourism” are not only protected natural environments. It has to take place in any tourist destination, may it be a thriving metropolis, a desert, rural village, sub-tropical island or a medieval town. Sleeping green is a good start.
We believe it is a shared responsibility to make tourism environmentally friendlier and more ethical. We have therefore compiled some general information about responsible (also called sustainable) tourism and also some “green” and responsible travel tips that you as a traveler can easily follow. Before giving examples on how you can help tourism become a force for good, let’s explore the concept of sustainable tourism. The idea of sustainable tourism includes the three pillars of sustainability: the environmental factor, the social factor and the economic factor. Translated to tourism this means all tourism players (accommodation providers, travel agencies, tour and transport operators, local communities, and of course the tourists) should operate or behave in a way that the environmental degradation and negative impact on social communities is minimized as much as possible or in other words environmental integrity, social justice and the local economic benefit are maximized.
So what is it a traveler like you can do to positively influence the direction of tourism?
First of all, become aware of your own impact on the local territory. Who’s aware of one’s own travel behavior can determine the influence on the local community and the environment.
Here are essential recommendations:
- Use water and other resources wisely. For example, you can save a huge amount of water by turning off the tap when you brush your teeth or shave, or by taking showers and not rivers.
- Make the slogan Reduce, Reuse, Recycle part of your daily routine. For example, to avoid plastic (and paper) bags take your daysack with you when you go shopping.
- Eat regional produce. The pollution caused by transporting goods can be reduced that way.
- Opt for organic and fair-trade products. It’s not only better for your health but also for that of farmers since dangerous pesticides are avoided, so again it lowers the impact on the environment and fair-trade contributes to social justice.
- Eat vegetarian. It saves lives and is better for you and the environment.
- Keep your destination clean by not littering in the streets or at the beach.
- Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of the host communities. Behave in the way you would want visitors to behave in your city.
- Last but not least, avoid air travel as much as you can. If train and bus are not an option, consider offsetting the CO2 emissions of your flight.
For more information, visit these websites:
Carbon offsetting organizations fulfilling the highest standards: