According to The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), ecotourism can be defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education”.5
The truth is that sustainable travel (a.k.a. ecotourism) is all about making simple choices in order to lessen your negative impact on a given destination.
Individually, each one of these choices makes only a small difference in the big picture. But collectively, becoming more conscious about these little things can have a huge cumulative impact.
And how do you recognize it when a company that offers “Green Travel” experiences is, in fact, just greenwashing?
1. Avoid plastic bags
Take a re-useable shopping bag with you when you go to local markets.
2. Pack lightly
Every kilo counts when flying. The more a plane weighs, the more carbon emissions it produces. Pack only what you need
3. Share the load
Taking public transport means you’re not creating any additional carbon emissions from private transport. It will also add to your travel experience, providing you with opportunities to interact with locals.
4. Act like at home in a hotel
A great tip is to remember to act in a hotel like you would at home – avoid getting clean towels when not necessary, don’t have long showers and remember to turn off TV, lights and aircon when you leave the room.
5. Avoid bottled water
Plastic bottles account for a lot of waste. Use your own container and refill with safe water in hotels and touristic places