As one of the world’s fastest growing industries, Tourism is no longer something only the rich and famous get to enjoy, and as such, we are able to visit those exotic destinations that we once only dreamed of, or read about in books.
No longer considered a luxury, international travel is reliable and affordable, and we now have the opportunity to explore and uncover new countries, environments, and cultures; but are we having a negative impact on our planet?
When we first started heading off to the beaches of Spain in the 1960’s, the only footprints we thought we left behind were those in the sand. Today we have a carbon footprint to consider, and if we do not all do our bit to help; the effects of global warming may have a catastrophic effect on the planet.
Responsible travel is widely promoted, and one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint while conserving natural resources is to pay for carbon offsetting when you book your flight. Most airlines offer this service, and while it may bump up the price of your ticket slightly, it is a small price to pay for being a responsible traveller.
Supporting the local communities in the countries you visit is a great way to practice sustainable travel, and by staying in locally owned hotels rather than those belonging to a big chain, hiring a bike rather than a car, and visiting only attractions that help protect children/animals and promote the area, you can make a difference.
In some of the more remote locations, supplies of water and electricity are limited. Simple exercises we practice at home such as turning off the lights/air-conditioning units, using the towels more than once, and taking a quick shower rather than a leisurely soak in the bathtub, will all help save and conserve these valuable commodities.
The world is open and ready for visitors, so why not plant a tree, offset your carbon emissions, and head off into the unknown as a Responsible Traveller, your children and grandchildren will thank you for it!