Sustainable travel doesn’t necessarily mean having to go without. Sustainable travel means greater awareness and depth and more enjoyment.
Sustainable Tourism is all about:
1. Enjoy nature up close and at first hand
2. Experience the local culture in an authentic way
3. Consume regional products
4. Stay for longer and delve deeper
Travelling in Europe means discovering gorgeous landscapes, meeting interesting locals and broadening your horizons. But travel and consumption also use up resources. Rail Tours will enable you to not only minimize your environmental footprint but also enjoy a unique, authentic and memorable travel adventure.
How Can I Be Responsible In My Travels?
1. Shop And Eat Local To Support Small And Family Run Businesses. Don’t Over Bargain.
2. Avoid Using Plastic
3. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
4. Sustainable travel by public transport like buses, rails, trams and boats
5. Respect The Local Culture, Customs And Dress Codes
6. Choose to Stay in Sustainable Accommodations
7. Engage With The Locals. Don’t Take Their Photos Without Permission
8. Hire A Local As A Guide And Seek Cultural Experiences
Be A Responsible Traveler and Spread Cheer!
Responsible tourism is the need of the hour as it is the only way for us to protect the environment and support local communities, while also continuing to enjoy travelling. As the earth is our home and all other humans are like our extended family, it is our responsibility to ensure that our activities have a positive impact on others and that we support each other. Being a responsible traveler may mean more work than being a regular traveler, but at the end of the day, it is all worth it if you have made the world a better place, even by just a little bit.
What is Sustainable Travel?
It is an aspiration to acknowledge all impacts of tourism, both positive and negative. It aims to minimize the negative impacts and maximize the positive ones.
Negative impacts to a destination include economic leakage, damage to the natural environment and overcrowding to name a few.
Positive impacts to a destination include job creation, cultural heritage preservation and interpretation, wildlife preservation, landscape restoration, and more.
Sustainable tourism is defined by the UN Environment Program and UN World Tourism Organization as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.”
Why does it even matter?
As more regions and countries develop their tourism industry, it produces significant impacts on natural resources, consumption patterns, pollution and social systems. The need for sustainable/responsible planning and management is imperative for the industry to survive as a whole.
A study published in 2022 by Nature Climate Change suggested that tourism accounts for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is a very large percentage when we consider all of the possible sources of emissions. For this reason, it’s clear that we need to move towards a more sustainable tourism model, and that’s why you are reading this article today.
What is our approach towards Sustainable Tourism?
We believe that a balance must be found between limits and usage so that continuous changing, monitoring and planning ensure that tourism can be managed. This requires thinking long-term (10, 20+ years) and realizing that change is often cumulative, gradual and irreversible.
We believe that economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development must include the interests of all stakeholders including indigenous people, local communities, visitors, industry and government.
Sustainable / Responsible tourism has the following benefits :
Generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities, improves working conditions and access to the industry.
Involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life changes.
Makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world's diversity.
Provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues.
Is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.
By booking your travel with Europe Global Holidays, you are taking one step ahead as a responsible traveler and you are contributing towards the welfare of the society. We make sure that all the travel plans are sustainable in nature with respect to energy utilization & emission.