The wonders of the natural world astonish travelers who always try to embrace all the colors and unique notes that define each landscape. Some of them make an attempt to immortalize the images that appear before their eyes through photography. However, even though photos serve as witnesses of those breathtaking sceneries, they’re incapable of recording the sounds animals make whenever they give concerts among trees and plants, and they fail to capture the movement of trotting waters through rivers and seas. For this reason, tourists struggle to create perennial memories so that they never forget the characteristics these destinations have and that commonly earn them the title of “heavenly”.
Unfortunately, if humans don’t become aware of our need to create a respectful and solidary relationship with these natural spaces, someday words like ecotourism or beach, and activities such as camping or guided tours to visit bamboo forests and panda bears, will simply become a memory of what travelers once had the chance to experience.
Protect your favorite destinations and preserve them with this advice by DINKtravelers:
When you buy an airplane ticket, airlines offer you the alternative of paying a small fee called “carbon footprint reduction”… accept it!
Airplane travel produces the greatest amount of CO2 of all human activities. In fact, for every hour of flight, airplanes produce 435 kg of carbon dioxide due to burning fuel (kerosene). If you also add the nitrogen dioxide and vapor trails that they generate as they fly across the sky, you’ll come up with 10% of the world’s total emissions!
Building hotels on beaches and mountains or near natural reserves, oceans, lakes and rivers, causes a definite impact in ecosystems. As a consequence, there’s deforestation and fauna displacement, hillsides are destroyed and people produce waste that pollutes the environment.
Make your reservations in hotels that promote environmentally friendly practices such as recycling programs and energy and water saving systems. Choose hotels that offer guests biodegradable bath products, and whose restaurants serve dishes that are prepared with organic ingredients that help local communities. Don’t ask the room attendant to change your towels and bed sheets daily, and turn the lights and air conditioner off whenever you leave the room.
Be an Eco Traveler
Sustainability is not only a responsibility of touristic services providers but also of travelers. Hire local guides and respect the places you visit by keeping from littering or feeding the species that inhabit them. Never take natural elements such as seashells or endemic plants as souvenirs. Finally, open your mind and really get involved with your destination’s culture, including its typical food, dances and festivals. Buy products in local markets and don’t haggle with artisans –value their work.
Protect the destination you visit as you do your hometown because, in the end, the Earth is home to all of us.