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:
Book non-stop flights (less fuel for take-off and landings)
Take public transportation (buses, trains)
Rent a bicycle for the day
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
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.