Fortunately, all forecasts point to the growing popularity of conscious journeys in 2019. So, while we all want to travel smarter, more honest and more knowledgeable, how best to organize it? We asked experts for eco-tourism tell us about how now travel more consciously.
The most obvious start is to understand what the money goes when planning a trip, and not be afraid to ask experts for advice. “Choose a travel company that has a proven track record in the industry and can help you in your travels,” says Joss Kent, Executive Director of the organization &Beyond, which specializiruetsya on lucid journeys. “The most important thing to look for is openness, because most reputable travel companies are very happy to provide additional information, if asked”.
What you need to ask? “Examples of environmental and social initiatives of the company which should be set forth clearly and to have formal goals and objectives that are easy to measure, says Kent. – Conservation and care for wild nature is an exact science, and companies that take this seriously, can conduct research independently or in partnership with other organizations.”
A fundamental factor of lucid trips is that local organizations best visitors. “As they get their share, says Kent. – Look for travel companies, which share economic and social resources with local organizations. The factors that you should pay attention is doubtful whether the operating costs of local businesses and if they’re hiring foreign firms to local residents.”
“If you want wild animals thrived in their original habitat, then you need to maintain this habitat. Journey is a wonderful way to do it. While the guest will not go on a Safari and see a Rhino just a few steps from him, he can be difficult to understand the true cause of the importance of this factor. But after such experience, many guests become ardent defenders of natural resources. Be prepared that the journey is a life changing experience that ignites a passion for learning and immersion in an authentic experience”.
Again, it is crucial to use a reliable organizer to ensure ethical practices and conservative for such a trip. “Maybe you think that your experience with the elephants in Thailand are harmless but do you really know the history of the company and how it relates to animals, where it produces elephants?” asks Max Sinclair, founder of the Eco Companion. “If you have doubts, you can always talk to eco-experts, Eco Companion, who are ready to conduct a similar study absolutely free”.
The choice of accommodation is the opportunity to invest in the local society and economy, so pay attention to local guest houses, bed and breakfasts. “It may mean staying in the family house on the lake, and not in a multinational hotel or resort,” says Justin Francis, CEO of Responsible Travel.
Reduce your carbon footprint while traveling is difficult, but there are ways like finding the shortest flight to your destination, use public transportation over long distances and to explore the terrain where you left off.
“Explore new terrain on foot or by bike, and do not try the temptation to use cars or taxis for transportation,” advises Sinclair of Eco Companion.
“Support the local economy by making small purchases from local independent entrepreneurs who supply their products to local and conscious level, not in major stores with gifts chain of hotels, says Lurie, Maya Kynder. – Worth to invest in housing, restaurants, cafés and bakeries that care about people and the planet.”
And what should be avoided?
“When buying gifts, keep in mind what materials are used to manufacture them, because some things can be made from materials such as coral, or turtle shell, which are produced unethical and cruel way, warns Sinclair. And when it comes to collecting things, don’t buy a mini version (shampoos/conditioners) – will be cheaper and better for the environment if you poured from a large bottle into a small that can be reused”.