Responsible TravelThe more thoughtful and well intentioned your choices are, the more satisfying your journey will be
Leading the Way by Making Good Choices
At RoundTrip, we’re all about giving back and creating sustainable tourism, so making good choices – before, during and after you travel – is an approach we strongly believe in. To help you do this on your next trip, we’ve put together a brief (but growing) list of websites that offer useful advice on responsible travel (see Before Your Next Trip…) and sustainable tourism. We have also created a section of articles on responsible travel topics (see Responsible Travel Stories), which we hope readers will find relevant when planning or indeed during their trips. These features are written by experienced travellers and highly regarded experts in the travel industry. Our articles focus on general advice and tips that are useful for any type of trip, and often reflect the personal experiences of the author. Keep checking that page as new ‘stories’ are frequently posted.
Responsible Travel and RoundTrip
The experience you have when you travel often comes down to the choices you make along the way: when you go, where you stay, what you eat, who you spend time with. The more careless your choices are, the less fulfilling your trip is likely to be. On the other hand, the more thoughtful and well intentioned your choices are, the more satisfying your journey will be. The same principle applies to your destination. If you choose to disrespect cultural norms, rubbish the environment, and treat locals as if they don’t exist, or to support businesses that do this, your destination will be poorer for your visit. But if you respect other ways of living, care for your surroundings, engage with the people you meet, and spend your money in ways that benefit the locale, you’ll leave positivity in your wake. Not to mention a fantastic example for others to follow. You will be helping to create sustainable tourism which is a way of ensuring that our kids and grandkids have access to the same natural wonders on the planet that we enjoy.
Hot off the Press
Overtourism is a hot topic these days as popular holiday locations around the world are inundated with tourists. More of us are travelling than ever before.
This article from The Conversation outlines the issues and examines this growing problem in New Zealand, where one in 12 people are employed in the tourism industry. The difference in this article, as argued by the author, is that it focuses on the opportunity that overtourism presents for poorer countries in particular. The article argues that sustainable tourism has an unprecedented chance to tackle the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals. An interesting take on a growing and complex problem. Check it out by clicking on the headline below:
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