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The latest news and trends in Responsible Travel

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Every fortnight, we hand-pick and summarise the top, current and trending news stories in Responsible Travel from around the globe. The brief summaries of the articles can be found in the boxes below – they were written by us to save you having to scan the article yourself.

If you are interested in the article after reading the summary, just click on the link at the bottom of each box. Happy reading!

6 Questions About Carbon Offsets for Flights, Answered

The aviation industry is one of the largest carbon-dioxide emitters in the world, and with more people travelling than ever before, this is a trend that is unlikely to diminish any time soon. However, many airlines offer carbon-offsetting initiatives to minimise their environmental impacts. Natalie Compton explores this emerging field, including the way the schemes operate, why they’re a good idea, and how to assess the legitimacy of different programs.

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Kerala Leads the Way in Responsible Tourism in India

Southern India’s Kerala region has developed its tourism industry while maintaining respect for the beauty of the land and preserving local customs. This approach provides a template for other regions to follow, and highlights the balance that can be achieved between welcoming tourists and supporting the lives of locals. A focus on “experience tours” gives travellers a glimpse into the culture and lifestyles of those living in Kerala. These actions foster an appreciation for what makes the area unique, and a better understanding of the local community.

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Simplifying Responsible Travel – New Map Aims to Inspire Tourists and Travelers to Give Back to the Destination They’re Visiting

Travelbag, a UK-based travel agency, has developed an interactive digital map that allows tourists to search for responsible tourism initiatives in the countries they’re visiting. It’s a one-stop destination for resources and activities taking place all over the world, enabling tourists to contribute to community development initiatives during their travels.

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Success of Responsible Tourism Pledges Falls on Destinations, Not Travelers

The use of mandatory pledges upon arrival at tourist destinations is an emerging concept aimed at shaping expectations about appropriate, culturally sensitive behaviour in popularly visited places. It aims to foster respect for local customs and beliefs, and preserve destinations so that they can be enjoyed well into the future. In this article, Joanna Haugen explores the successes and otherwise that have resulted from this action, and how pledges can be embedded in awareness campaigns to encourage appropriate behaviour.

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You Want to Be a Responsible Tourist. But What Does that Even Mean?

The importance of responsible tourism continues to gain traction in popular discourse, but there remains ambiguity around what it actually means. Hannah Sampson explores the idea that responsible tourism is relative to the unique needs of the local community, and is a concept that is constantly evolving as the community changes. The type of action that is considered responsible, therefore, must be examined continuously and reflected upon. Focusing on respect for your hosts, reducing waste and ensuring that money reaches the local community, this article provides five tips to make sure your travel helps to empower the local groups that you are visiting.

Click here to read the article

6 Questions About Carbon Offsets for Flights, Answered

The aviation industry is one of the largest carbon-dioxide emitters in the world, and with more people travelling than ever before, this is a trend that is unlikely to diminish any time soon. However, many airlines offer carbon-offsetting initiatives to minimise their environmental impacts. Natalie Compton explores this emerging field, including the way the schemes operate, why they’re a good idea, and how to assess the legitimacy of different programs.

Click here to read the article

Kerala Leads the Way in Responsible Tourism in India

Southern India’s Kerala region has developed its tourism industry while maintaining respect for the beauty of the land and preserving local customs. This approach provides a template for other regions to follow, and highlights the balance that can be achieved between welcoming tourists and supporting the lives of locals. A focus on “experience tours” gives travellers a glimpse into the culture and lifestyles of those living in Kerala. These actions foster an appreciation for what makes the area unique, and a better understanding of the local community.

Click here to read the article

Simplifying Responsible Travel – New Map Aims to Inspire Tourists and Travelers to Give Back to the Destination They’re Visiting

Travelbag, a UK-based travel agency, has developed an interactive digital map that allows tourists to search for responsible tourism initiatives in the countries they’re visiting. It’s a one-stop destination for resources and activities taking place all over the world, enabling tourists to contribute to community development initiatives during their travels.

Click here to read the article

Success of Responsible Tourism Pledges Falls on Destinations, Not Travelers

The use of mandatory pledges upon arrival at tourist destinations is an emerging concept aimed at shaping expectations about appropriate, culturally sensitive behaviour in popularly visited places. It aims to foster respect for local customs and beliefs, and preserve destinations so that they can be enjoyed well into the future. In this article, Joanna Haugen explores the successes and otherwise that have resulted from this action, and how pledges can be embedded in awareness campaigns to encourage appropriate behaviour.

Click here to read the article

You Want to Be a Responsible Tourist. But What Does that Even Mean?

The importance of responsible tourism continues to gain traction in popular discourse, but there remains ambiguity around what it actually means. Hannah Sampson explores the idea that responsible tourism is relative to the unique needs of the local community, and is a concept that is constantly evolving as the community changes. The type of action that is considered responsible, therefore, must be examined continuously and reflected upon. Focusing on respect for your hosts, reducing waste and ensuring that money reaches the local community, this article provides five tips to make sure your travel helps to empower the local groups that you are visiting.

Click here to read the article

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