Have you ever heard of what is called Sustainable Tourism? Well, many people have never heard about it and you need not feel bad if you have not heard about it too. However, if you have heard about Sustainable Development before, you should be able to connect the dots? If you are asking yourself if it is even a thing, well, NEWS FLASH: Sustainable tourism is a thing.
Sustainable tourism, also called Eco-tourism is a way to take care of the planet. Many human activities are destroying the planet, therefore, we should all make a conscious effort of saving our planet. When planning your next trip, you can consider these places.
It is always important to consider sustainability when planning our vacations or trips. Although many think that this term is a synonym for expensive, it is not impossible to find accessible alternatives that are friendly to the environment.
Is that consuming fewer plastics is not the only way to take care of the planet? We must find a way to make all travel destinations 100% committed to nature.
Sustainable Destinations That You Must Know
These are some of the destinations that you can consider for your next vacation.
This place has the first fully sustainable park in the world. The Jatayu Earth Center took nearly 30 years to go from a dream to a reality, but today it is the park of the future. With the statue of a bird in the lead, a feminist ideology, and infrastructure to use recycled water, it offers the traveler a contact with nature that cannot be found anywhere else. Besides, it uses solar energy throughout the complex.
When you travel to a destination such as the Jatayu Earth Center, you are contributing your quota to saving the planet. You are doing that by making use of sustainable ideas and also supporting those who are doing it when you pay at the park.
San Blas, Panama
A perfect example that sustainability is not just taking care of the planet but also its people and traditions. San Blas is a group of islands in Panama that is controlled entirely by the Guna people, so the fees paid to enter many of its paradise islands go directly into the pockets of the community.
However, it has been emphasized that the Guna people do not have the tradition of recycling or caring for the environment as many tourists would like. Keep in mind that the culture clash can be strong, but over time, an agreement may be reached.
The goal of creating eco-tourism on this Island is a serious one. This is the reason you won’t find big hotel chains in San Blas and tourist attractions are not as many as you would expect. If you ever visit, you would also notice that even though it is an Island, no overfishing is allowed. Also, outsiders are not allowed to hunt or fish.
Without attracting attention, this country has become a hot spot for real travelers visiting Europe. Sure, the history of Paris or Rome cannot be compared, but in natural resources, implementing technology to conserve nature and adapting infrastructure to mix urbanity with sustainability, there are few countries like Slovenia, and nowhere like Ljubljana. Thanks to its Slovenia Green program, the country is taking leaps and bounds to reduce CO2 emissions entirely.
People in the world over now describe this city with the words green, safe, friendly and clean. It is usually referred to as a green city. Finally, don’t let these words deceive you, the city has more than enough great sites of attraction.
In recent years, Europe’s hidden gem has been exploited by tourism. Which means economic growth. There are even more foreigners than nationals – there are 330,000 nationals while more than a million tourists visit Iceland every year – and of course, natural destinations are being affected by each traveler’s carbon footprint. There has already been talks of creating taxes for travelers, creating specific routes, and even limiting the number of foreigners who can enter the country each year.
Traveling is living, but one must do it with awareness: knowing that the places you visit are not part of the landscape; that by being responsible, we cannot throw garbage, exploit natural resources, turn our backs on the local population, which often suffers more than what benefits from our trips.
OVER TO YOU, WHAT DO YOU DO TO CHANGE THE WORLD WHEN YOU TRAVEL? IF YOU HAVE NOT STARTED, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING TO SAVE THE PLANET WHEN YOU TRAVEL?