What is "being a responsible traveller" ? It is not possible to stay at home al the time to reduce our impact on environment, so maybe you will learn a few things on how to act responsibly while enjoying new territories !
My favorite sentence in here is : "Your visit is a privilege, not a right", talking about sacred place and people's home and country. Some tourists' attitude is closer to colonialist than relaxed holiday maker. Breathe in ! Taking in ! other culture in an humble way is so much richer than that !
And by the way, i-to-i is a very interesting concept !
Fortunately, being sustainable is now so important that it is a marketing advantage. Have a look, and see that if you are travelling, or in the tourism business, people do not need to "over consume" to be more satisfied. What is important here is the fact that making a service to tourism more human/nature related and respectful of it has a great impact on people satisfaction. It should just be the beginning...
This article is not that recent, but gives a good and easy definition about what green travel can be about. What is for sure is : To travel in a green way, we have to raise awareness, and get people out of their "magazine" dream holidays. Well... I hope that soon, green holidays that include local knowledge, local contact, local development will be an important box to tick to make one's holiday successful. This is a absolute necessary box for me.
This is not really an article about what to do and how and why, but a good piece of information for your lot living in the states, it is a good opportunity to support and read more about LEAVE NO TRACE !
Amazing what awareness and a few more tips but above all education does to reduce our impact. We love enjoying spaces (outdoor/indoor/city/countryside). So just protect your own playground. If you don't do it for the planet, do it for your own comfort !
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