How to be a eco traveller
Would you like to know how to be a eco traveller? Imagine sitting in a wooden chalet, no humming of air conditioned or fans, just the rustle of
trees, the cool breeze and trickling spring water in the background. Does this sound appealing to you? This is one
of the factors of eco tourism and eco travelling.
Eco tourism is about being
sensitive to the ecological environment, conservation, and respect on cultural differences, and promote used of
sustainable energy resources. Nowadays, with the effect of global warming and climate change, eco travelling has
become an integral part of tourism.
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Though travelling any form of travel transportation will inevitably contribute CO2
to the atmosphere, travelling need not halt as long as the traveler practice certain form of responsible travel.
To travel responsibly begins from the moment you plan your holiday. Consider the
following factors before you make your travel plans:
- To be a eco traveller, you have to be conscious of your travelling habits. Habits such as reducing your carbon footprint. A eco traveler is always
conscious about global warming and carbon emission. Try to reduce
flying time as much as possible, take train or other form of public transport for interstate travel. Plan your
route in advance to reduce unnecessary travelling. Practice recycling
and reusing of things while travelling.
- Eco tourism comes in many form, it could be volunteering in an animal
sanctuary, living with the local community, participating in activities that does not spoil the natural ecology
such as bird watching and hiking.
- When looking for an eco destination, research on travel operators that
promote eco travel and destinations. Read about their environmental and staffing policies, whether they hire
local people and are they involved in any local community projects.
- When booking your hotels, check with the operators on how the hotel handles
their environmental responsibility. Environment policy such as energy consumption, conservation of water and
recycling policy. Find out if they support and used only local produce, employ locals in their establishment
and what do they do about conservation around them.
- Be mindful of companies who market themselves behind the ‘Eco’ label but
aren’t actually promoting responsible eco travelling. Check for green certification and
awards.Read about their environmental and staffing policies, whether they
hire local people and are they involved in any local community projects.
- Eco travel promotes positive interaction and makes us more accepting and
respectful of other people’s cultural heritage, religion social behavior and properties. Dress appropriately
especially in religious ground and be sensitive to the custom of the local people. Learn some basic local
language such as greetings, respect the local's privacy, ask
permission when taking photographs or entering their home and do not cause damage to their
- One main ethos on eco travel is making a
conscious effort to support the local community in your holiday destination. Supporting local community such as
buying locally made products, consuming local produce and visit the place where local products. You not only
show your appreciation for their skills and effort, you are also empowering the local community
- Practice recycling when you are travelling such
as reusing plastic bags or even better; bring your own carrier bag. Follow
the International Leave No Trace Rules, resist littering and leaving your personal things
- Eco travel is also about visiting local conservation projects like forest
conservation, animal sanctuary and learning about what people do to preserve their environment. There are eco
holidays where you can stay and participate in the conservation projects like forestry, wild life conservation
- Conservation is also about keeping the environment clean, not wasting water
especially in places where water is scarce and not wasting food.
responsible travelling. When you practice responsible travelling, you encourage the good practice of tolerance
and respect. When you take an interest in conservation projects and wildlife, you help sustain the livelihood of
the local people and indirectly help build their community.