Nothing has been the same since the COVID-19 pandemic descended on the world. While the travel community questions ‘how is travel going to change after the pandemic?’, we would like to know how you would reshape the way you traveled. Wondering if there’s any difference? Well, the latter is more about your conscious decisions as a traveler because it is high time we realized the negative impact traveling can have on this planet and adopted a sustainable approach to travel.
We have seen the world come to a screeching halt due to the unprecedented crisis that had us confined to the four walls of our room. There were widespread reports of the planet healing to a certain degree during this period, which only points out the devastating impact human interference (instead of our interaction with nature) can have on the environment and in turn, our future. Sustainable travel assumes greater relevance now more than before. As the pandemic-hit tourism starts to recover, utilize this opportunity to start afresh and switch to sustainable tourism with the help of these sustainable travel tips.
What you need to do is pay more attention to the choices you make – right from deciding on your travel destination and booking flights to your accommodation, transportation, and food choices during the trip. This infographic highlights 16 sustainable travel tips you must adopt to make tourism more sustainable. But before that, let’s understand what sustainable tourism actually is.
What is sustainable tourism?
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) defines sustainable tourism as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.” In a nutshell, this all-encompassing term means traveling in a way that minimizes harm to local communities, cultures, ecosystems, and nature as a whole.
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Now is the time to rethink your past travel habits because, in the end, it is all about traveling responsibly. Become a conscious traveler, follow these sustainable travel tips, and enjoy a socially-responsible and environment-friendly vacation hereafter.