How we must learn to travel ethically…
With the current global pandemic affecting all of us, the majority of countries already have travel bans in place or will do soon. This is of course bad news for those of that love to travel, however experts and scientists are already starting to see a remarkable improvements in environmental factors because of this so maybe it’s something we need to learn from and take forward with us once the worst and the peak of the pandemic is over.
There is something of an irony about travel that is not lost on most people. You travel the world in order to see more of it, but in the process you end up causing damage to the world, and thus make it less beautiful for the people to come after you. Or you might add to the huge tourism that exists in a particular city or spot, and thereby rob it of its’ individualism in some way. However, there is another way, and it’s something that more and more people are turning towards in order to try and stem the flow of that kind of tourism: we are talking here about ethical travel. It is possible, and it’s something you should be aiming for as far as possible, starting today.
Explore At Home
First of all, it’s important to bear in mind that you don’t need to go far afield in order to travel well. In fact, you can do plenty of exploring without really leaving your local area, and that is something that you might want to try and do as much of as possible to begin with. There are many ways to explore at home, and you’ll find that there is much more just beyond your own back garden than you might have assumed at first. This could open you up to a whole world of opportunity, and it’s certainly something that you are going to want to think about if you really care about traveling ethically. As long as you stay close to home, the damage you are doing is much lessened.
One of the main problems with international tourism is that it is not a very sustainable means of traveling. If you want to be more ethical, then you are going to have to make sure that you are doing whatever you can to travel in a sustainable fashion. There are a lot of things you can focus on to make sure of that. For instance, you can think about what resources you are directly and indirectly using when you travel, and try to counteract or avoid them in the first place. If you look at this article on sustainable tourism, you should be able to get to the bottom of what you really need to be doing to be more sustainable.
Offset Your Carbon
Whatever carbon you happen to use, you can make a difference to how much of an impact you are having by simply making sure that you offset your carbon as best as you can. You could do this in many ways: if you have flown a lot recently, you might go vegan for six months or even a year. Or you might choose to use less energy at home. Whatever you can do is going to make some difference, so it’s worth thinking about. By offsetting your carbon, you can feel better about traveling, and ultimately you will be able to travel and be ethical at the same time.
I really hope we will all continue to support the travel industry and local and small businesses once this is all over but maybe in a different way to what we are used to.