starts at home
There are many ways you can learn more about becoming a more responsible traveller from the comfort of your own home…
BECOME A CONSCIOUS TRAVELLER
Think first. Think bigger. Think beyond today.
The first step to becoming a conscious traveller is giving thought to how your actions extend beyond yourself and into the future. The next step is realising that knowledge truly is power.
It’s important to take the time to learn more about your destination and some of the challenges the travel industry might present. If you are unable to choose destinations that actively invest in balancing the demands of the tourism industry with economic needs and environmental conservation – Costa Rica is a fantastic example – then learn more about the issues tourism may create in your destination and start to make smarter choices that address these challenges.
Volunteering with GVI at the turtle festival in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
It's time to think differently
Every destination has its challenges, but every challenge is an opportunity. Consider some of the following examples and give some thought to the ways you could support the local community on your next adventure.
Learn more about tour operators in the local area who support local not-for-profit organisations and community groups, especially those that give back a percentage of their profits to those less fortunate. G Adventures is a great example of a well-known tour operator that supports local initiatives relevant to each destination. They also partner with Planeterra, one of the world’s leading not-for-profit organisations using community tourism for poverty alleviation.
If your destination is anything like Zanzibar and it lacks adequate waste management and recycling facilities, then pay particular attention to the products you use whilst you are there and try to cut down on your personal waste as much as possible.
For destinations without access to fresh drinking water, pack a reusable drinking bottle and water purifying tablets, then learn more about the charities and organisations that are working towards helping the local community to access fresh water. If you are unable to contribute financially, find out if there is a way you can help. A social media post spreading awareness about the issue and the charity supporting change may seem meaningless, but the impact of sharing information with other like-minded people may be greater than you realise if it results in fundraising. A small act of kindness costs little more than your time.
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