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How to do Eco-Tourism or Travel with Respect?

How to do Eco-Tourism – Travel with Respect?

Have you ever heard of eco-tourism? Is ecotourism now the next travel trend? Does that have anything to do with wellness?

Ecotourism – The next big thing or…?

Anyone who deals with the topic of sustainability when traveling or slow travel cannot actually avoid ecotourism. I, too, am increasingly concerned about my travel behavior and question travel trends ; It's not for nothing that my motto is Wellbeing work, life & travel . I'm realizing more and more often that I can't and don't want to accept certain things anymore.

On the one hand there is my great desire to travel and on the other hand I have a guilty conscience more and more often when we think about distant travel destinations . Especially with regard to our ecological footprint... this is where ecotourism comes into play!

Ecotourism = Ecotourism?

So is ecotourism the same as ecotourism ? In fact, that's certainly not to be said in general terms... because the Ecotourism definition actually includes much more. For me, ecotourism has more to do with sustainable travel. Of course, this also applies to eco-tourism – but eco-holidays are about a little more. It's about the responsible interaction between people and nature and I would even consider the topic of culture here.

It's not just about taking care of the environment . Ecotourism can and should even be tackled. I myself was eg B. Two years ago on a press trip on Ecotourism Thailand. Here we planted trees, looked at a turtle sanctuary, released turtles and also took a look at regional farmers. Of course you don't have to travel far (perhaps you shouldn't) for such a trip if you feel the urge to lend a hand here. Because there are projects like this on your own doorstep.

But with all the “good deeds”, of course (and unfortunately) ecotourism has to be looked at with both eyes. If you look closely, tour operators sense a large (contradictory) market. A market that, above all, brings in billions in profits, because more and more people want to calm their "green conscience". To sum it up bluntly: “If I travel to distant countries and pollute the environment as a result, I still want to do something for nature on the spot”. Because eco-tourism seems to appeal to high-income people from heavily industrialized corners of the world.

Eco Holidays: Gentle tourism relies on nature and wealthy customers

I don't want to demonize eco holidays and this kind of gentle tourism. Basically, I think it's very good when people start thinking and, whatever, take responsibility. Perhaps eco-tourism is a first step in the right direction for many. And honestly, which one of us really behaves completely ecologically and sustainably correctly?! As always, I don't take myself out of it... but my little family and I are constantly trying to improve ourselves, to question ourselves again and again and to get to grips with our own noses.

In times of overpopulation and overtourism - in the form of more and more people traveling and destinations that are and will be absolutely overrun, eco holidays might really be an alternative. Because in order to uncover abuses, you first have to understand them. But with all this activism, one should really ask oneself whether one really has to travel to the Caribbean for a short trip or visit polar bears on a cruise ship?! If you want to do "good" for the protection of the environment and species, even on vacation, you can start on your own doorstep. How about e.g. B. collecting rubbish on a hike in the Harz mountains or on an island holiday in the North Sea. Of course, you should also look twice when choosing accommodation. It doesn't have to be the certified organic accommodation with a sustainability seal and Pipapo. But the question may be asked... Where does the accommodation get its food from? How is cleaning done? How are employees treated? What is the use of disposable items? These are just a few questions that you should ask yourself critically.

How to Do Eco-Tourism?

The terms sustainability can be heard from almost everyone these days and is taken up on many topics. However, there is still something new to learn about proper sustainable living. Especially when it comes to tourism, less attention is paid to sustainability, since flying and driving a car contribute significantly to CO2 emissions. But here you can find out how you can become an eco-tourist.

Traveling by plane

Flying is well known as the fastest and most comfortable means of transport, especially for long distances. However, flying also produces the highest CO2 emissions. When flying, not only is CO2 emitted directly into the air, but nitrogen oxides and water vapor are also released in high air layers. The emissions have a warming effect, which is why the impact of aircraft on the climate is estimated at around 4.9%. More CO2 emissions are fueling the greenhouse gas effect, which is causing the global average temperature to slowly rise. We know this phenomenon under the names of climate change and global warming.

Traveling by car

Compared to flying, driving a car is much more climate-friendly. However, the car also consumes up to 100 g of CO2 over a distance of one kilometer. In comparison, an airplane releases 380 g of CO2 per kilometer. Nowadays there are many climate-friendly alternatives such as e-vehicles , which are powered by green electricity. Only about 7 g of CO2 are released here per kilometer. For example, anyone planning a holiday in Mallorca leaves a large ecological footprint. This releases as much CO2 as would be consumed if you drove a mid-range car for a year. Every German consumes around 9.4 tons of CO2 a year, whether in the household, through holidays or daily driving.

Ecological travel

Being ecological doesn't have to mean not being able to go on vacation anymore. There are more environmentally friendly alternatives to plane and car travel, which significantly reduce CO2 emissions. If we fill buses, the individual passenger uses only a fraction of the CO2 that he would use in a car. The same also applies in trains and railways. Because one means of transport is used for significantly more people, the overall CO2 emissions are reduced. By 2038, for example, Deutsche Bahn wants to obtain its electricity mix from 100 percent green electricity. 

There are a few more tips for living in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way on holiday : Instead of buying new bottles, use a refillable drinking bottle you brought with you. Before you go on holiday, research how sustainable your accommodation is and only book if you are sure about it. Eating and shopping locally can also have a positive impact on the ecological footprint, not only on vacation but also at home.

Conclusion

Going on a sustainable holiday does not directly mean doing without. Eco-tourism or eco-tourism can be practiced with simple alternatives and small lifestyle changes as well. For your next vacation you can see if you can use the train or the coach instead of the plane.

Rudolfus Kikkert
Rudolfus Kikkert Interest In City Tourism

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