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Tips to Leave Positive Effects In the Travel Destination

JalanJalanMen! - Traveling is not only about fun and adventure, but is also a way of self-discovery and thus contributes to personality development. Traveling means taking responsibility. You take responsibility for yourself as well as for your fellow travelers. This includes, for example, your own safety and good physical and mental condition, which should always come first.

Tips to Leave Positive Effects In the Travel Destination

But the topic of responsibility when traveling goes much further. Even if you don't think about it at first: You also have a certain responsibility for your travel destination, its inhabitants and the nature there. It is therefore all the more important that you leave positive effects and impressions there. You can leave these impressions in the economic, social or ecological area.

Economic effects refers to everything that has to do with money. The social effects, on the other hand, relate to communication and respect for other people. Ecological effects describe everything that could have an impact on nature. You can find out here how you can positively influence these areas in your travel country and what you can do about it.

Sustainability and solidarity for your travel destination

In order to leave positive effects in your travel destination, you should first think about the topics of sustainability and solidarity. Sustainability in the ecological sense means above all that you use as many things as possible that are made of durable materials. This means that fewer natural resources are used and the generations after you can also benefit from it.

You can also transfer a sustainable way of thinking to the social and economic area. For example, if you buy regional products at the local marketplace, you are supporting the local population on a social and economic level.

All these points are also linked to solidarity. This means showing compassion towards other people and nature and taking responsibility for them. Even if you only do one thing, such as not leaving any rubbish in nature , it will have a positive effect on your travel destination.

Positive effects: Economic

One of the easiest things you can do economically is to support local producers and buy locally if possible. But that doesn't just mean that you buy fresh lemons on a marketplace in Italy, for example. For example, you should also eat in local restaurants instead of in large food chains, which you can also find in Germany.

For other products, it is also worth supporting regional manufacturers. After all, who wants bulk souvenirs made out of cheap plastic when you can also have custom-made craftsmanship? Therefore, be sure to find out before you travel which typical dishes and products your travel destination is famous for.

Even your trip itself has a positive impact on the economic development of your travel destination. Some countries are even financially dependent on travelers, as part of the entire income of the local population is financed by the industry. This also increases the gross domestic product (GDP), which has an impact on the prosperity of the country and its population.

In order to support your travel destination financially, you don't necessarily have to go to the big attractions. On the contrary: a trip to more remote areas actually brings advantages, both for you and for the local population. Small guesthouses or hostels are usually cheaper than hotels and at the same time more sustainable, since most of the food comes from their own production.

In addition, the famous places are islands or big cities, but it is the inhabitants of the more rural areas who need the most support.

If you only have little money available for a trip, you can still support your travel destination financially. How about a volunteering  program or work & travel ? You help out with meaningful projects or in institutions and often even get free food and accommodation.

Positive Effects: Social

Making new contacts in your travel destination is one of the best ways to make a positive impression. Here it is an advantage if you also speak the local language. Especially in small countries like Slovenia, the residents are always happy when you speak to them in their mother tongue.

This will help you make new contacts quickly and maybe even make new friends! But don't worry, you don't have to be fluent in the language. Most people are already happy about a simple "thank you" in the local language and you can brighten their day.

If you are part of a social organization or take part in volunteering  projects, you also have the opportunity to contribute to better social justice in your travel country. In this way, for example, you can ensure that the livelihood of the population is secured even in poorer countries.

So be sure to get in touch with the local population! This often allows you to learn more about real life in your travel destination than you can from brochures. In addition, in the big cities, the life of the country's inhabitants is often idealized or exaggeratedly stereotyped in order to attract travelers.

Positive effects: Ecological

1. Take your rubbish with you!

You can leave positive ecological effects in your travel destination, for example, by not throwing any rubbish into nature. Accordingly, most rubbish is found in popular places where there are often many people. This is not particularly nice for the environment or for the landscape. So be sure to take your rubbish with you and dispose of it at your accommodation.

In some countries it is not recommended to throw rubbish in the public rubbish bins. Animals like monkeys and raccoons like to root around there, but much of it is poisonous or dangerous to them. It is therefore important that you always take your rubbish with you. Of course, it's even better if you don't create the waste in the first place or continue to use old packaging.

You can also get some products, such as hygiene products, on site instead of taking them from home. Soap, towel and even handbags can be bought in almost every place. The big advantage is that regional products are mainly made from local materials. This allows them to be sold on the markets without long transport routes or unnecessary packaging.

Some of the vendors may even show you how they make the products if you ask. In many areas, manufacturers also work with local accommodation providers. They sometimes offer free tours of the production facilities or workshops for guests.

2. Protection of species in the destination country

You should also find out before your trip which animal and plant species exist in your travel destination. This is especially true in areas where poisonous animals live. It may be that these are under species protection and you are not allowed to kill or touch them. The same applies to plants that are also protected or may be poisonous.

It is also forbidden to take sand or shells from beaches as souvenirs. The mussels need the salt water to live and should therefore not be left dry. Sand is used in many countries as a basic material for building houses, which is transported in large quantities from the beaches of the world. This in turn means that this raw material has unfortunately become very scarce and an enormous part of the natural ecosystem on the beaches has already been disturbed. So you better take a nice photo of the shell and the sandy beach, which you can then pin to your pin board in your room.

In the destination country, nature tours to the local flora and fauna are often offered, otherwise a visit to the local national parks is recommended. In some countries, these areas are also nature reserves and nature trails, where you can experience the local flora and fauna up close. You might even learn something about close relatives of native species in Germany.


Leaving positive effects in the destination country is very simple. A sustainable holiday is also possible without restricting the fun factor.

While you are having fun, others can enjoy their everyday life and with your trip you are helping the local population to develop sustainably. Sometimes a "thank you" in the local language or picking up rubbish is enough to make a positive impression.

Rudolfus Kikkert
Rudolfus Kikkert Interest In City Tourism

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