Sustainable Tourists: The new way to Travel

Sustainable Tourists: The new way to Travel

How to be a Sustainable Tourist 

 

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If you’re interested in joining us in Costa Rica or elsewhere in the world, there are ways you can engage in tourism in a sustainable way! We’ll look at ways to travel sustainably and contribute to society while doing so in this article.¬†

Being a sustainable traveller is more important than ever in a world where the effects of tourism are becoming more and more obvious. As tourists, it is our duty to maintain the environment, respect native customs, and make a good impact on the places we visit. The future lies in sustainable tourism, which will prevent our wanderlust from harming the environment and its inhabitants. 

Research and Plan Mindfully

Planning your trip is the first step towards becoming a sustainable traveler. Do extensive research on your visit, taking into account any unique cultural or environmental aspects. Find out about local eco-friendly accommodations, sustainable tourism programs, and ethical tour operators. Make an attempt to comprehend the regional traditions and customs so that you can interact with respect and compassion.

Choose Eco-friendly Accommodation

Choose eco-friendly lodgings like eco-lodges, boutique hotels, or resorts that have been certified as sustainable. These businesses frequently engage in eco-friendly measures like conserving energy and water, giving back to the neighbourhood, and cutting trash. By staying at such establishments, you reduce your carbon footprint and inspire other companies to implement sustainable practices.

Travel light and minimise waste

When packing for your trip, consider the environmental impact of your luggage. To reduce the consumption of single-use plastics, choose reusable, eco-friendly items like water bottles, shopping bags, and toiletries containers. In order to prevent having to make unneeded purchases after you arrive, make sure to pack clothing for a variety of weather conditions. Travel waste reduction has a huge impact on sustainable tourism.

Respect local cultures

Sustainable tourism must be sensitive to cultural differences. The communities you visit have their own traditions, customs, and social mores; learn about them and respect them. Wear acceptable clothing, get consent before snapping pictures of people or their property, and support local artisans and businesses. Engage in cultural exchange, but do so with humility and respect.

Conserve resources

Choose responsible tours

One of the simplest ways to be a sustainable tourist is by conserving resources. Use water and electricity sparingly, and request that towels and linens be changed only when necessary to reduce laundry loads. Avoid supporting the illegal wildlife trade or buying products made from endangered species. Participate in moral wildlife interactions and aid in the preservation of sanctuaries.

When selecting tourism tours, it’s crucial to prioritize ethical options that align with your values. Look for tour operators and experiences that prioritize sustainability, respect for local communities, and environmental responsibility. Ethical tourism tours should offer opportunities for authentic cultural exchanges, adhere to responsible wildlife interactions, and support local economies. Verify if the tour operators have certifications or affiliations with reputable sustainable tourism organizations.

Participate in responsible Voluntourism

If you’re interested in voluntourism, research opportunities thoroughly and ensure they align with the community’s needs and your skills. Volunteering can be a rewarding way to give back, but it should be done with a focus on long-term benefits rather than just fleeting experiences.

Becoming a sustainable tourist is not just an individual choice; it’s a collective responsibility. By adopting eco-friendly practices, respecting local cultures, and supporting sustainable initiatives, we can reduce the negative impact of travel on the environment and communities. Sustainable tourism benefits everyone, ensuring that the destinations we love remain vibrant and beautiful for future generations to explore and enjoy. So, pack your ethical mindset along with your suitcase, and be a responsible traveller on your next adventure.

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6 easy ways to go Eco in your everyday life

6 easy ways to go Eco in your everyday life

As a conservation non-profit we are constantly looking at ways that we can make a difference in our amazing ocean and planet. Sometimes it seems like an endless battle to do something and almost overwhelming. However, there are some very simple and easy things that you can do to start being more conscious in your everyday life. Here are some suggestions to get started.

Lace up your trainers

walk don't drive

Super easy this one. Next time you think about jumping in the car, can you walk it? Even better, take the fur baby with you if you have one and both enjoy the fresh air. Less car time is less emissions which as we know is a big factor to climate change.

Find that reusable bottle and start using it

reusable water bottles

I think that every person at this point has a reusable bottle somewhere. Come on now. What does a bottled water company really sell? Plastic bottles not water. We don’t need anymore of those so let’s make a concerted effort to remember your bottle when you leave the house and bring it with you. Otherwise we end up with a ridiculous amount of reusable bottles as well which starts to defeat the purpose somewhat don’t you think?!

Eat less meat

eat more veggies

For those carnivores out there, that are tired of hearing about the perfect Vegan life, I get it. But, it does have a big effect on the environment whether it is deforestation or emissions. So, if you really can’t cut that hamburger out of your life, maybe try and do it slightly less and make sensible choices, as in buy local, and try and steer away from the giant factory farms.

Recycle

Yes, we know that only a small percentage of plastics get recycled, so the perfect solution is juts don’t buy it. But in many places around the world you are limited with your options so when you can, recycle what you do have. Here in Quepos we also have a scheme where some of the not so regularly recycled objects are able to be made into building blocks so everything is being used or reused. Check out you local area to see if there are any similar projects.

Hang it out to dry

Unless you are in downpour rainy season you can use a drier less and utilize the wind. Less energy consumption and less of a carbon footprint. Whats not to like? Hang out your clothes and get some breezy freshness on them!

Use eco friendly cleaning products

Everything that we use in water ends up in our oceans and rivers including things that can be harmful to wildlife. Whether it is your laundry detergent or your shampoo it can all have an effect. So why not make a more conscious decision about what you are putting into the water. There are more options for organic and biodegradable cleaning products now as well which won’t have a negative effect on the wildlife. I have found that I am definitely reading the label on what I am using now, I just wish more of them steered away from plastic. Its a start though!

eco friendly laundry detergent

So with these simple steps you can make a positive start to a more eco aware life! No excuses, get started!