How to Be a Responsible Traveler?

Do you want to feel nature and local culture in real time? “What If”, the next time you visit that same place and it’s all gone?

Traveling responsibly requires making sustainable choices. It’s the moment you choose to waste no more of the natural resources. Because every time you exploit local culture, take pictures of wildlife and leave shopping bags behind, you are causing environmental and cultural damage. 

According to UN environment Research, through 2050 tourism would generate 154% increase in energy consumption, 131% in greenhouse gas emissions, 152% in water consumption and 251% in solid waste disposal. This is why responsible traveling must redefine tourism in the 21st century. 

What are the issues for responsible traveling in 2020?

An increase in the tourism industry has left a significant impact on natural resources, pollution and socio-cultural systems. 

East Carolina University Study found out top five issues with tourism in 2020 include:

  1. Global Safety concerns. 
  2. Economic, socio-cultural and political changes with tourism.  
  3. Long term impacts of overtourism, global warming and weather changes. 
  4. Necessity of an increased concentration of leadership in tourism policy and strategic planning. 
  5. Sustaining a destination’s economic, socio-cultural and natural resources.

The causes and their effects: 

The need for sustainable resource management is important for the tourism industry. Here are few issues that contribute to environmental and cultural impact. 

TOURISM IMPACTS:

  • There has been a surge in tourism since 1950 to 1995 and its expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030. 

HUMAN IMPACTS:

  • The west currently consumes 52% of the global energy.
  • The number of cars have surpassed 1 billion in 2010 and will be more than 2 billion in 2035.  

WILDLIFE & HABITAT IMPACTS: 

  • Every three minutes, an animal or plant species goes extinct. 
  • Many of the marine species are threatened to go extinct, if sea pollution is not controlled. 
  • It’s estimated that 90% of the coral reefs will die out by 2050. 

WATER IMPACTS:

Water scarcity is a serious problem for many regions running low on fresh water. Here’s a fact check;

  • A village of 700 people in developing state, uses 500 liters of water per month. A luxury hotel uses 1800 liters of water per person each night. 
  • A person in the United Kingdom uses 150 litres of water per day, approximately 3 times of a local village in Asia. 

CLIMATE & ATMOSPHERE IMPACTS: 

  • We are dumping 40 million tons of carbon pollution into our atmosphere, every year. 
  • Instead of importing the products, buy them locally. It could achieve 4 to 5% reduction in CO2 emissions. 

What makes you a responsible traveler? 

Responsible tourism depends on adapting to new changes. It’s about striking a balance between limits and usage, so continuous planning to the changes ensure tourism is managed properly. This requires thinking for a long term because change comes gradually. 

Here’s how to create a win/win in responsible travel;

  • For economic, social and environmental protection, consent of local communities should be mandatory. 
  • Travelers visiting tourist destinations should practice local norms. 
  • Moving to your destination in the off-season or exploring other destinations can stop overtoursim. It can give locals and their culture some breathing space. 
  • Minimize the waste and collect what you can easily throw away. 
  • Don’t give gifts to the local community, it can generate a begging economy. 

What we do with our environment, makes us responsible for everything. Mother nature has a lot to share, so let’s not get greedy and start being a good guest. 

Why take out travel insurance with Responsible Travel?

Buying travel insurance makes you responsible for your own safety. As the common saying goes, “Buying insurance is like a promise”. 

Travel insurance, lets face it, is a need for uncertain times. What if you lose your passport or need prompt medical attention?  Your losses are covered that keeps you focused on the journey ahead. 

Stay safe and informed, before, during and after your trip with our expert advice and flexible travel insurance 

Don’t be scared … just be prepared!