How can you be a sustainable traveler? Well, the best way is to be mindful of the waste you produce when traveling, especially non-biodegradable waste, like plastic. This is critical as many countries, especially developing economies which are often popular tourist destinations don’t always have the infrastructure to collect and process waste.
Sustainability can have a positive impact not only on the environment but also on the preservation of culture and growth of the economy of a country. That’s why sustainable travelers are encouraged to travel to not only to the most beautiful destinations, but lesser traveled to destinations where their impact will be greatest and often the most needed. This way, you support efforts to combat overtourism and support local businesses and entrepreneurs during your visit.
Sustainable travel is a subject that has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Travelers are becoming more and more conscious of the impact travel has on the world. Saving the planet may be the last thing on your mind while lounging on the beach in Bali, but it is extremely important to be aware of how your actions affect your surroundings. Luckily, “going green” is not as difficult as you may think and there are many easy ways you can get involved in this movement. Here are a few incredibly easy sustainable changes that you can implement on your next trip.
Imagine you have spent months or even years planning, saving, and dreaming of the moment you arrive in Piazza San Marco Venice only to find it teeming with thousands of other tourists. Certainly not the experience you had dreamed of. Now you have to share this moment with hundreds or thousands of tourists, many of whom are getting in your way, preventing you from taking those Instagram-worthy photos, and ultimately disrupting the tranquility of the square.
Most of you reading this post already know that we started Backpacking with the Bonds to help travelers think about how their travel affects the places they visit-both positively and negatively. All of our posts and guides are written to help travelers to think about and design their trips to maximize their impact on the local economies. Recently, we wrote a blog piece about the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) International Year of Sustainable Tourism, to showcase the international initiative to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development.
Did you know that the United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development? The purpose of which is to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for change.
Tourism, as I have mentioned before, is one of the most important global industries. To understand its magnitude, in 2015 its contribution to global gross domestic product (GDP) accounted for 9.8% of global trade and supported 284 million jobs, roughly 1 in 11 jobs worldwide. The global scale of tourism of course impacts domestic economies differently depending upon the size of the economy and the scale of tourism.
What is the first thing you do when you plan a road trip? Most of the time you decide where you want to begin and end. Then, you probably decide on what route you are going to take. While simultaneously considering what places you want to visit. Followed by how many stops you want to make. And how long you want to drive for. There are undoubtedly lots of questions to ask ourselves when planning a road trip.
I love to travel and enjoy planning trips, almost as much as taking the actual trip. I’ve advised countless others about destinations I’ve been to, as well as those that I haven’t. I’ve thought about creating a website for awhile now, but it wasn’t until a recent trip to the Mediterranean with friends that I was encouraged to finally take the plunge and put myself out there. So promptly upon my return I established Backpacking with the Bonds.