Sustainability is a subject that has become more popular over the last few years, and the same goes for sustainable tourism. Sustainable tourism takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts. With a few of these tips, it will be a simple change to really make a difference in your environmental impact.
First off, any vacation starts with choosing the right destination. By choosing destinations and countries that in itself already focusses on and values sustainability makes a great difference in the impact you make and it is gonna make it easier to choose more sustainable options when in that country.
After this, you will plan on how you are going to get to the destination. Travelling by plane is sometimes the only way to reach a destination further away from where you live, so a great way to minimize your carbon footprint when flying is to look at airlines that value sustainability. When it is possible to reach a destination without flying, take this opportunity and travel by train, it is much more eco friendly and sometimes a lot cheaper.
When you are at the destination, support local businesses and choose sustainable activities to participate in. Supporting local businesses can help them benefit from tourism and minimize their carbon footprint (a lot of money now goes to big corporations who normally don’t really care about the environment). A good choice of sustainable activities could be bike riding or going on a hike.
A couple more tips for practising sustainable tourism is reducing your food waste and plastic waste, minimizing the time you spend in the shower and limiting the energy you use. With these tips you can greatly reduce your carbon footprint while still travelling.
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