Myths and Facts About Sustainable Tourism
By Ana Torres |
DINKtravelers invites you to discover the myths and truths surrounding ecofriendly tourism. Travel responsibly!
Ecotourism is a travel trend that has become very important for sybarites who care about protecting the environment even when they go on vacation. According to the standards established by the World Tourism Organization, ecofriendly destinations are those that are committed to preserving their natural and cultural resources for their future use.
Taking this into account, DINKtravelers wants to share with you some myths and truths regarding sustainable tourism:
- The most eco friendly travel destinations DON’T have great hotel developments, least of all, built directly on the coast or in protected areas. Yet, there are a few specific places that combine luxury and sustainable travel. An example of this is Bora Bora, in the French Polynesia, with its bungalows floating above the ocean. They’re built in such a way that they don’t affect marine life and they’ve contributed to making scuba diving the travelers’ favorite activity, giving them the chance to discover the natural wonders that lie beneath the water surface.
- Visiting sanctuaries CAN contribute to the protection and preservation of local species. An example of this is the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, where you can find the region’s biggest gorilla natural reserve. Before you make reservations for your trip, DINKtravelers recommends visiting your destination’s website, checking that they meet all the ecological regulations and making sure they have the required operation permits.
- Means of transportation such as aqua taxis and quad bikes are NOT representative of eco touristic activities, since they’re not environmentally friendly. The fuel they’re powered by is not biodegradable and sometimes it damages the fauna that inhabits those areas.
- When you visit beach destinations you should always use sunblock protection; however, most products are NOT biodegradable, so when they dissolve in the water they leave residue that can be toxic for marine life. Buy biodegradable or natural sunblock lotions. This way, even if you apply them constantly, you’ll know you won’t be polluting the environment.
- Remember that tourism is an activity that also helps improve life conditions for locals. For this reason, shopping in big malls does NOT help their economical development. Buy your souvenirs in local markets and gastronomic fairs, and focus on buying native and artisanal products.
HOW TO BE A GREEN TRAVELER
The most important strategy to practice sustainable tourism is to learn about your destination even before making your reservations; this way you’ll be sure to make the right decisions when choosing: lodging, food, attractions and souvenirs. Traveling means adopting your destination’s spirit so do it responsibly in order to guarantee the conservation of the places you so much love to visit.