Greentravel

Integrating tourism and environmental awareness: How they go hand in hand 

Travel is one of the greatest adventures that any individual can go on in their lifetime. There is something special about taking off on an adventure to a beautiful part of the world, experiencing it all for yourself and diving into the extraordinary nature and prosperity of each destination and its rich history. Travel is the trend that never dies. Some even call it a timeless wonder. Over the years, travel has also well and truly bloomed and flourished into a remarkable worldwide phenomenon that it seems grows more and more by the minute. There is nothing in the world quite like experiencing that world for yourself.

Today, as we become more aware of the impact that humanity has had on the planet (both the good and the bad), individuals wanting to travel are beginning to be more ethically and sustainably conscious in the ways that they approach all this travel. The more aware and informed that people become all the time, the more driven people are to ensure that their choices are made with environmental awareness in mind. Thankfully, today there are many ways to successfully integrate tourism and environmental awareness into travel and tourism.

Try to keep your travel as green as possible

Whether you are finally taking off on that ultimate best Amazon tour, or backpacking around Australia, there is something powerful to be said about making an active and consistent effort to keep travel as green as possible. Obviously, global travel requires the utilisation of planes and the like, there are positive green steps you can take in other areas of the literal act of travelling. Instead of taking taxis or Ubers around a city or town, walk or hire a scooter or even better, a push bike. When travelling between places, if possible take the bus rather than a plane. All these seemingly small actions add up and make a big impact over time.

Always do your research into tourism companies

You might think you have found the perfect tourism company to get in that bucket list experience, but when you take it upon yourself to do the research, you might find that you are surprised by the results. Google reviews are great, but dig deeper and look on their social media pages too – people are honest and reviewing in all different types of ways. And finally, look for any articles or interviews on not only the company itself, but the wider tourism field. In some cases, some companies perform to the highest ethical standards while others do not, and in other cases the entire tourism field is corrupt and not at all what it seems. Research.

Switch out key travel necessities with environmentally friendly options

Whether it is your toothbrush or hairbrush, or your water bottle that you take with you around the globe, move away from plastics and into more sustainable options. There are plenty out there now, so there really is no excuse. It might cost you slightly more, but you will (nearly always) find that the products last longer and are of higher quality, too. Whether it is switching your plastic toothbrush to a wooden toothbrush, or buying a stainless steel, glass, or any other type of reusable water bottle, these are all better tourism choices that you are responsible for actively and consistently making. 

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of Ways2GoGreen.com and Ways2GoGreenBlog.com. I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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