responsible tourism

Being environmentally conscious is more than just a state of mind, it’s a way of life. Wherever you go, you must be aware of how you impact the environment. This includes practicing responsible tourism.

This fact is further emphasized by the UN, making this year the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

The UN has been keeping a close watch on how international tourists contribute and combat major societal issues, such as:

  • Climate change
  • Poverty
  • Local infrastructure
  • Loss of habitat
  • Cultural preservation

Investing in the Future

The growing trend of responsible tourism can be seen all around us. has actually documented where we are currently with public perception.

As many as 42% of all global travelers consider themselves sustainable travelers. We definitely have a lot of room to grow.

The UN suggests a number of ways that tourists and countries together can practice sustainability and responsibility.

Governments can reinvest tourism dollars into transportation and infrastructure. Cities that are more efficient and eco-friendly are an investment in a country’s future.

So much of the billions in tourism dollars gets absorbed by multi-national companies, stealing away from local economies.

Tourists that visit developing and poor nations can make huge impacts with their presence by following ethical guidelines.

Destination: Green

Do you want to ensure that your hard-earned dollars go to the right places? Consult with local tourism offices about their destinations. Find vacation homes, hotels, resorts, and other green real estate that is eco-friendly,

Let’s not leave out the local residents roles in attracting responsible tourists. The truth is, we tourists need to change our tendency to travel purely on roads commonly traveled. We also purchase mostly popular names/brands.

Buying local food, visiting smaller villages and shops, these are ways to be both environmentally-conscious and contribute to local economies.

When you’re bringing your tourist dollars into local industry, you are reducing your global footprint.

Responsible Tourism the Right Way

We have to also think about how our travels impact the locals and their way of life. Environmentally, we have to be aware of spreading invasive species, diseases, and waste that can disrupt the local ecosystem.

Think about real estate developments that do not take the environment into consideration. If you’re considering a luxury home, make sure they come from a reputable source, such as

The environment is in a very precarious position right now.

For example: although Australia is largely hot and dry, it does have the world’s largest intact tropical savanna. It must be protected at all costs.

Let the degradation of the Great Barrier Reef serve as a cause for caution.

It Starts at Home

Living a more sustainable life means a commitment to reducing the waste and carbon footprint in our everyday lives.

We must do all we can to manage our resources responsibly. When we practice responsible living, we are sending a message to everyone around us that we do care about the major dangers to the world.

What do you do to practice responsible tourism? Share in the comments!