Since the dawn of humanity, there has been a need for people to explore new worlds and see some of the wonders of the world. It is hardly surprising that the increased level of recreational time and disposal income has led to a huge boom in tourism.
The World Travel and Tourism Council now estimate the tourism industry is worth 10% of global GDP. This trend is not likely to stop.
However, one factor that is often overlooked is the negative effects that tourism can have on the most popular spots. There is the potential to damage the monument or landmark itself and the effect it has on house prices, rent and even the price of everyday goods.
The destinations remain the same but the number of people is increasing year by year; causing more natural damage and potentially destroying some of our history.
Just take a look at any local attraction; it will reflect the same story as the Trevi Fountain in Rome. In 1959 you’d be lucky to see 20 tourists stood around it. Now you’re lucky if you see less than 1,000!
This is why you need to learn about responsible travelling before you leave home. Only by adopting a responsible travelling approach can we preserve these monuments for future generations.
Respect The Culture
Understand the cultural beliefs of your target destination before you go. This will help to ensure you are welcomed and your trip is enjoyable. It’s not a bad idea to learn the words for hello, goodbye, thank you and other simple phrases.
It can also stop you from getting into trouble with their local law enforcement officers.
Consider The Competition
The more people that want to go to a place the more damage that can be caused to the monument and the local infrastructure.
Many of the most popular destinations now have restrictions on access times. Make sure you check these out before you go. There is no point in turning up where you are not welcome and will be unable to see what you came to see!
Responsible travelling means looking at which destinations are actually trying to manage their tourism. This shows that they are trying to give you the best experience while maintaining the monuments.
These are the best places to visit as you’ll maximize your enjoyment and know that the monument is being preserved for future generations.
Support the locals at the monuments. They need to live there all year round and that can be tough.
Responsible travelling means helping them to survive and flourish; allowing the monument to remain an attraction. You’re also likely to get a more authentic product.
Whatever environmentally friendly steps you take at home you should also go on holiday. Don’t leave the lights or heating on if you don’t need them.
Be Like A Ghost
We are just passing through and you shouldn’t leave any trace that you were ever there. It is best not to carve your name into anything and make sure you take all your waste home with you.
This protects the monument, the environment and looks after the locals.
Think About Wildlife
You may want to ride an elephant or swim with dolphins but responsible travelling means checking out the attraction first. Only go to those places that really look after their animals; their needs should come first.
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