Sustainable Tourism for Travellers

by Paula Lichtenwald, Tourism Saskatoon

Sustainable travel is all about making simple choices to lessen your impact on a destination.  In order to practice an environmentally friendly form of tourism an individual should focus on the small things that add up to a bigger impact such as the protection and the preservation of natural resources. It is really about social responsibility and making as little of an impact as possible.

Sustainable tourism can be achieved by means of transportation, accommodation and activities which are as eco-friendly as possible.  

Tips Before You Travel:

  • Analyze your impact and plan ahead

  • Carbon offset programs

  • Pack light by bringing only essential items

Tips When Travelling: 

1) Transportation

  • Book non-stop flights (less fuel for take-off and landings)

  • Car pool

  • Take public transportation (buses, trains)

  • Rent a bicycle for the day

  • Share taxis

2) Accommodation

  • Leave do not disturb signs on your door at hotels for the length of your stay

  • Keep your shower short, and take showers not baths

  • Bring your own toiletries

3) Activities

  • Bring a refillable water bottle everywhere you go

  • Buy locally made products (this not only supports the community it is more sustainable by reducing transportation costs and emissions)

  • Return maps, brochures etc. after using them

  • Bring your own reusable bag everywhere you go

Also don’t forget to be socially responsible, which means respecting the society and cultures that you are visiting.  Remember you are a visitor and be aware as to what kind of impact you are making. Leave nothing behind.

Individually, each one of these choices makes only a small difference. But collectively, becoming more conscious about these little things can have a huge impact.


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Live simply so others can simply live.
— Gandhi