New travelers are committed to sustainable and responsible tourism

Traveling is one of the things that the human being enjoys and, above all, the millennial generation. It is estimated that, by 2020, 50% of total travelers will belong to this part of the population. Although a priori may seem an unimportant fact, this is a great change for tourism. We tell you why.

During the last year, many travelers saw their vacations truncated by not being able to visit the places they had dreamed of for a long time. In Thailand, the famous Maya Bay was closed to the public for work to recover its corals, which had been completely damaged by visitors.

In addition, two of the best-known islands worldwide, the island of Bocaray in the Philippines and the Faroe Islands in Denmark, have also had to be closed for pollution reasons. After these incidents, many countries made it clear that they needed sustainable tourism, which respects their environment and culture.

The theory sounds great, but how is this achieved? It is easier than we think, we simply have to reduce our ecological travel footprint little by little.

A good start is to choose a means of transport friendly to nature. Over long distances, whenever possible, it is preferable to take the train before the plane, as this represents 8% of total world emissions. Once at the destination, the ideal is to choose non-polluting transport such as the bicycle or electric cars, or go on foot to discover even the most remote spaces.

Another key point of a trip is accommodation. Currently, there is already a wide range of environmentally aware stays, known as eco-friendly. All of them are committed to the use of responsible consumption and the elimination of plastics, among others. Options such as stainless steel bottles or cloth bags are good alternatives to this material, which takes years to degrade.

Likewise, excursions that imply interrupting the habitat of animals also pose an obstacle to sustainable tourism. However, new travelers are increasingly aware of this problem.

As much as possible, try to avoid going to activities that involve animals in captivity, such as riding an elephant or petting tigers. Yes, we already know that the photographs look great in the Instagram feed, but, how much is it worth a like in exchange for the deterioration of a natural environment?

Beyond having managed to take an eco-friendly vacation, the most tedious thing is always having to return to the routine. Although the beautiful thing is that all places leave a memory in each of its visitors: a sunset, a traditional dish with a lot of flavor or wonderful views from the highest point.

After smiling as we remember these moments, we must ask ourselves: will our footprint for that place have also been positive?

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