8 important and simple tips for practicing sustainable tourism Tourism

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Learn to practice sustainable tourism

Sustainable tourism is a concept that includes a complete tourism experience that deals with economic, social and environmental issues. The focus is on improving the experiences of tourists and meeting the needs of local communities, preserving local culture and promoting regional culture. As the number of travelers and tourists increases, it is necessary for tourism to become a more sustainable sector and generate fewer negative impacts for people and the planet.

With this in mind, you may have more sustainable behaviors when traveling to help preserve the environment and regional economic development. The environmental issue is one of the issues currently being debated, precisely because there is an alert showing rates of climate crisis, deforestation, species extinction, among others that need attention.

In 2019, a record 1.4 billion international trips were recorded (excluding domestic tourism in each country). This number is estimated to reach 1.8 billion by 2030. The tourism sector is responsible for more than 10% of world GDP and one in 10 jobs on the planet. The data comes from the World Tourism Organization (WTO).

It is worth remembering that sustainable tourism, although closely linked to ecotourism, is wider. Despite the fact that it is based on environmental conservation, there are differences. In order to help preserve the culture, the species and boost the local economy, we separate tips. Some of them deserve to be adopted in everyday life, not just in travel.

choice of destination

When traveling, look for places where the action of the tourist market does not negatively affect the natural environment and the development of local communities. They prefer to go to places where human rights are respected, the local economy and production are appreciated and the species is respected.

Locomotion

Choose the vehicle for the trip. If you are traveling by plane, be aware that it is the means of transport that produces the most CO2 (carbon dioxide is one of the main culprits for the worsening of the climate crisis, as it directly interferes with the ozone layer). If it is not possible to go in another direction, try to use more sustainable vehicles at the final destination, such as bicycles, public transport (train, subway, bus) or rent an electric, hybrid or ethanol car.

However, it is still worthwhile to do some research to find sustainable actions that some airlines are taking to reduce the impact of flights. There are companies that use biofuels and invest in carbon computers to reduce their environmental impact.

Accommodation

For accommodation, you prefer to stay in places that value sustainability, whether it’s a hotel, guesthouse or inn. To do this, find out if the site is taking measures such as: an efficient waste management system, such as composting; rainwater reuse; use of solar energy; appreciation of food produced by local producers; LED lighting; presence sensors; double drive discharge; gardens around and on the roof; vegan and organic menu and low energy electronics.

save resources

It also saves water and electricity, either in the shower or when you ask to wash your towels and change your bed linen. Do not opt ​​for the daily shift, but weekly. If the stay has air conditioning, do not leave it on for a long time or for no reason, as well as electronic devices connected to the outlet.

local production

In everyday life, to enjoy your travels, always look to appreciate the local producers. Contributing to the local culture and gastronomy is a way to move the region’s economy, making it grow. When buying souvenirs, you prefer to spend time with local artists; but also notes the material used in its production. Always choose an object that does not or has caused damage to the environment.

Food

Go to local and organic restaurants. Whenever you go out to eat, try to help families with local shops. In addition to helping the region’s economy, this action also contributes to the livelihood of the people who live there. When eating, use only what you need to avoid wastage.

Culture and wildlife

Always respect the regional culture and wildlife of the environment. Some tourists dream of having a tourist experience swimming with dolphins, riding elephants, taking pictures of tigers or camels. However, these actions can be harmful to the animal. Therefore, it is recommended to visit places that protect these animals, not just use them as a tourist attraction. Stay tuned and always ask questions about the management of the place.

Reduce the use of plastic

Always choose to use less plastic. Always leave with a reusable glass or bottle. Paper or metal straws are also good options. In addition, do not overdo it with purchases, as consumption has a direct impact on the environment. If you want to buy clothes, choose to go to local thrift stores. Always collect your garbage.

Do not take shells, stones, animals, plants or things from the local nature. This unbalances the ecosystem.

By adopting this advice, the traveler will learn from the chosen culture and destination without harming the local environment and culture. In addition, the tourist helps the sustainable and economic development of the region visited.

Some options for sustainable international destinations are: Seychelles (Africa), Republic of Palau (Oceania), Costa Rica (Central America), Netherlands (Netherlands), Bhutan (Asia), Aruba (Caribbean) and New Zealand ( Oceania). Among the national ones are: Bonito (Mato Grosso do Sul), Gramado and Canela (Rio Grande do Sul), Lima Duarte and Santa Rita do Ibitipoca (Minas Gerais), Miranda (Mato Grosso do Sul) and Vale do Ribeira (São Paulo ). ).

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