Thoughtful travel benefits everyone involved
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates that tourism accounts for 10% of jobs worldwide. Ten percent!
So how do we become thoughtful travellers?
1. Avoid air travel when possible
Embrace slower travel
"Trains are wonderful ... To travel by train is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches, and rivers, in fact, to see life." Agatha Christie
I like trains. I like their rhythm, and I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care of: for this moment I know where I am going.
2. Choose a sustainable type of travel
Adventure travel and ecotourism
Adventure travel and ecotourism are two of the more responsible and sustainable forms of travel.
3. Choose accommodation carefully
Is environmentally sensitive in design. Has a minimal carbon footprint. Keeps your money in the country and region. Has inclusive hiring practices. Chooses suppliers thoughtfully.
Inclusive hiring practices
While individual choices in this regard may seem incapable of making real change, a global movement of informed and conscientious travellers really can make a difference!
Renewable energy sources
4. Support minority and marginalised groups
Greater equity is needed in the travel and tourism industry, and your choices can make inroads in rectifying the situation.
5. Support recovery efforts
6. Choose an inclusive tour operator
If you'd like to be a truly conscientious traveller, consider carefully the tour operator you give your money to.
7. Choose an eco-conscious tour operator
At the very least, we encourage you to choose a tour operator with environmentally sensitive policies and practices.
8. Support a local NGO
We encourage you to do your research to find out how you can be truly useful where you're headed.
Make plans before your trip
Getting in touch with an NGO before your trip is often key.
Make use of your tour operator's connections and local knowledge.
9. Purchase from locals
10. Ask for permission to take photos or videos
11. Follow all park guidelines
12. Bring a reuseable water bottle
13. Use an eco-friendly sunscreen
Chemical vs mineral sunscreens