10 Tips For Being A Responsible Tourist
It’s important when you are traveling, anywhere in the world, to be aware of the concerns that a particular destinations limited infrastructure places on its environment. Certain countries in Asia particularly struggle with waste management and the control of available water resources. As travelers it’s imperative we do everything possible to assist with minimizing our impact whilst enjoying the facilities and services that our favorite destinations provide. The following is a list of some of the things you can do to assist local management authorities.
Refill Your Water Bottle:
Contribute to the waste management and help to recycle plastic by reusing your water bottle. This helps to save you money and is a simple way to exercise green practice.
Don’t Throw Anything In The Toilet:
Non-organic waste thrown into the toilet can create blockages and cause grey-water to flow into low-lying areas of land as well as the ocean. This increases pollution and can kill the fragile underwater eco systems.
Minimize your water consumption and always turn taps off when not in use. Keep showers to a minimum length of time. Many destinations, particularly small islands have very limited freshwater resources. Be as conservative as possible.
Dispose Of Rubbish Correctly:
Walk those few extra steps to place your rubbish in bins provided. If you see rubbish on the street, do your part and find a bin to put it in. We can all do our bit to keep our favourite destinations clean and inviting.
Avoid Walking On Reefs & Fragile Coastal Dunes:
Corals are particularly fragile organisms and it often takes decades for them to grow. Respect their space and avoid walking on them. Sand dunes are also fragile environments and subject to water and wind erosion. Do your part to assist with stabilising the dunes and stick to the paths provided.
Be A Good Role Model:
Set a good example for other tourists and show others your interactions with the environment can make a huge difference. Be proactive in getting the message across.
Switch Off The A/C When Out:
Consider the limited resources of many small destinations and turn off you’re A/C, lights, fans and other electricity when away from your accommodation. This will also help keep the running costs down in the places you choose to stay.
Avoid Taking Souvenirs From The Beach:
Seashells are often housing living animals and taking them out of their natural habitat will most likely kill them. For example, hermit crabs will look for new and bigger seashells as they grow. Don’t leave a hermit crab homeless.
Report Environmental Disturbances:
Interfering with aquatic animals, walking on reefs, anchoring boats and discarding waste are examples of non-eco friendly behaviour. Do your part and report incidents that you witness to local authorities.
Get Behind Local Environmental Activities:
No matter how small or insignificant they may seem, your contributions can have a great impact on the corner of the planet in which you live or spend your holidays. There are many ways in which to show your support for a cleaner environment. Participate in local activities such as beach clean-ups, education programmes, and other ecological activities.
As travellers it’s up to us to ensure that the beautiful places we seek out on our holidays remain just that for generations to come. The most insignificant of act can have either a positive or detrimental effect on the environment. Always consider your actions and be a responsible traveller.