Careful attitude to the environment in travel is called responsible tourism, and this definition applies not only specifically to ecotourism, but also to any other type.
The responsible attitude of a tourist may consist of several specific actions that minimize or do not bring any impact on the environment, and this applies not only to the natural, but also to the social and cultural-historical environment.
Of course, ideally the impact must be equal to ZERO, but this is hardly achievable. However, each tourist is able to minimize their negative impact and enhance the positive one.
It should be remembered that this requirement applies not only to natural resources. It also applies to attractions, museums, local culture, and the lifestyle of local residents.
We have formulated several rules and recommendations that distinguish a responsible tourist:
- Avoid queues, book and plan all visits in advance.
- Do not visit or carefully choose the time to visit attractions where there is overtourism.
- Do not litter or leave garbage or other waste anywhere. Comply with local garbage separation rules.
- Choose more environmentally friendly transport with minimal emissions.
- Choose shorter routes for flights and transfers.
- Prefer buying services and goods from local residents so that they get the maximum economic effect from tourism.
- Save water, electricity and heat in any case, even if there are no meters in the hotel room.
- Do not make fire, do not smoke in the forests.
- Set an example for other travelers to behave responsibly.
- Do not violate local laws and regulations.
- Do not try to change local customs and traditions.
- Avoid using plastic bags and bottles if possible.
- Take part in environmental initiatives.
- Do not buy or export cultural and historical values from the country.
These rules and guidelines are constantly updated as new ideas come in. You can submit your idea – and we will publish it here. You can send your idea by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or in our social networks.