We all love travelling, don’t we? The reason behind travelling can be different, some travel for work while some travel for pleasure. But one thing all of us have been guilty of sometimes in our life is being an irresponsible traveller.
What is Responsible Travel?
Responsible travel in simple term means being socially and culturally aware when you travel. It is all about your impact as a traveller to a place which you are travelling to and making sure you leave a positive affect.
Some people have misconceptions that responsible travel is difficult and not realistically possible, for them it is a far fetched dream. In these article, we are gonna share 7 simple ways through which you can become a more responsible traveller.
1. Use locally made goods and stay at locally run home stays: Whenever you travel to a new place, try to purchase locally made goods and eat at local restaurants. After travelling all the way eating the same thing eat at home isn’t really a very good idea. When you purchase locally made goods, it doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket which is good for you and the money goes into the pocket of the local people and you will be supporting sustainable travel.
2. Think before interacting with wildlife: Do not indulge in any activity where you get directly in contact with the wildlife. while an elephant ride at the national park may seem interesting but it is not the right to do because these elephants when domesticated go through a lot of cruelty. Instead go for jeep safaris or find other alternatives.
3. Leave your destination equal or better than before: Do not indulge in any activity which will bring in a negative impact to the place you are travelling to. Do not carve your name on the walls or the trees or stones. If you are on a trek, then try collection of all the single use plastic and bring it back with you while you return and dispose it only at a trash containee. This will help keep the place cleaner and plastic free.
4. Learn about the culture before you leave for a new place: Once you’re done deciding the place where you want to travel, start reading about that place and it’s culture online. Or may be ask someone who has already been there, a family member or a friend. Be open to accepting the local traditions and always be polite and kind. Don’t do something which will hurt their sentiments.
5. Cut down plastic usage: Do not purchase plastic bags or disposable water bottles. Carry your own cloth bag or use your backpack to carry yout items.
If you drink coffee or aerated drink then don’t use plastic straws. Also, carry your own wooden/steel spoon.
6. Reduce your carbon footprints: Use public transport whenever possible, for short distances don’t use flights or cars, take trains rather. Take public transport instead of cabs.
7. Do not give money to the beggar: The children you see out there begging on the streets are victims of child trafficking. While it may be feel bad when a child or an old person begs for money and you’d feel like helping. Buy them food, fruits instead of handing out cash to them. Remember if we stop handing out cash to them everytime, it might work as a big demotivation for them and sooner than later we might see these people off our streets and doing something useful for themselves.
Being responsible is a habit, the idea of being responsible should be a daily habit and shouldn’t occur to you only when you are traveling. On a daily basis, try to cultivate habits which are useful. Turn off the appliances at home when it isn’t required, do not use disposable plastic products and plastic carry bags, be more helpful towards the people around you and there’s so much more. The necessary changes will follow when a person starts feels responsible towards the environment and promotes the idea of cultivating sustainable habits in day to day life.