In 2008, the famous writer J.K Rowling declared that “We don’t need magic to change the world, we already have all the power we need: it’s the power to imagine a better world, “a power that we can make real and useful through informed choices like sustainable and responsible tourism.
Responsible tourism is a travel philosophy born in the 1980s and characterized by the attention dedicated to the environment and the local people who choose to visit.
The UNWTO, the UNWTO, is the definition of sustainable tourism. United Nations World Tourism Organization, known in Italy by the acronym OMT, World Tourism Organization, which in 1988 describes the idea behind responsible tourism: “Tourist activities are sustainable when they develop in such a way as to maintain vital in a tourist area for an unlimited time, do not alter the environment (natural, social and artistic) and do not hinder or inhibit the development of other social and economic activities“.
A thought that relates to Principle No.1 of the Charter of Lanzarote adopted as part of the 1995 World Conference on Sustainable Tourism which reads: “The development of tourism must be based on the criterion of sustainability, this means that it must be ecologically sustainable in the long term, economically affordable, ethically and socially fair to local communities.”
Another definition is that given by WWF, the most important Italian environmental association, which looks at sustainable tourism as “a tourism capable of lasting over time while maintaining its quality-quantity values. That is, it is likely to coincide, in the short and long term, the expectations of the residents with those of tourists without decreasing the quality of the tourist experience and without damaging the environmental values of the territory affected by the phenomenon”
Choosing this type of tourism means caring about the future of our planet, its ecosystem and its biodiversity, the culture and the ancient traditions of the peoples who inhabit the territories that are the destination of our holidays. In addition, responsible travel fosters relationships with local communities, reduces costs and consumption, and helps body and mental well-being by improving both fitness and mood.
Environmental, social and economic sustainability must be the goals of every responsible traveler and to become one just pay attention to the world around us and follow the ten practices for sustainable tourism that makes planet earth and true lovers of travel happy.
Sustainable tourism: 10 useful and easy-to-follow practices
Becoming a responsible traveller doesn’t mean giving up comfort, climbing mountains or taking long backpacking routes. There are as many types of travel as there are travellers, but that doesn’t mean that each of us can’t do our part to protect the environment.
Let’s find out together what are the ten good practices of sustainable tourism.
2) The ticket app: in the digital age the paper ticket for the train or the hotel booking is no longer needed because it is enough to keep them on your smartphone using one of the many apps to choose from.
3) The right structure: for the stay choose hotels, B&Bs, farmhouses and any other type of accommodation with low environmental impact, sustainable and able to enhance the territory and its resources.
4) Leave prejudices at home: immersing yourself in the culture of the place we have chosen to visit, respecting local customs and traditions and different lifestyles is the best way to rediscover the value of comparison with a different culture. Respect is the key word of every trip.
5) Towels: during your stay avoid changing towels if it is not strictly necessary and you will help the property where you have chosen to spend your holiday to reduce the load of washing and therefore the consumption of energy, water and detergent.
6) Food: the knowledge of a territory also passes by food, so choose typical dishes of the place, at km 0 or organic.
7) Souvenir: always support small local producers by buying handicrafts. Be careful, however, not to buy those made with endangered animals or plants.
8) What to see: undecided about the destination? Check out the list of Unesco-protected places and always prefer places of high natural and cultural value.
9) Lights and air conditioners: when you leave your hotel room remember to always turn off lights and air conditioning and make sure you have closed the water taps well to avoid any kind of waste.
10) Do you know where you are going?: being responsible and aware tourists means studying before leaving, reading, inquiring about the traditions and economy of the place and carefully and in advance planning the routes we have chosen to face.