Responsible travel practices have become even more essential as traveling has become a mega-industry with more and more people packing up their suitcases or backpacks to faraway places. Our vacations are a special treat to us, depending on the type of traveler (or tourist for that matter) we ache with wanderlust, a desire for adventure or relaxation and sometimes forget the implications of our visit.
We were often lucky to be taken to off-the-beaten-path destinations. Places, not specially prepared for tourists. What we found there: Lovely people who were eager to share their homes and their stories with us. But we also encountered an incredible amount of pollution.
Over the many journeys we have taken, our awareness of our footprint increased. Naturally, we were trying to reduce our harmful “leftovers” and replace them with more responsible practices.
Sustainable tourism vs. responsible traveling – What’s the difference?
The terms “sustainable tourism” and “responsible traveling” are increasingly becoming buzzwords.
Sustainable tourism means causing as little negative impact as possible while fulfilling local economic needs. Ideally, sustainable tourism practices take a long-term perspective in developing and maintaining a destinations landmark, culture, and heritage.
Contrary to that, responsible traveling refers to the personal level. Responsible travel is about leaving a positive impact as a visitor by respecting the environment, people, and cultures.
Being a responsible traveler doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give up in comfort. It’s about cultural, social and environmental awareness. Responsible travel is about understanding the effect on the places you travel to, may it be in the environment or its people.
If you want to travel more responsible, try our tips below. They should help to get you started!