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The responsible tourism it maximizes the benefits and minimizes the negative effects that the tourist could have on the destination. There are some fundamental rules to follow before booking, during the holiday and with the return home, let's see what they are.
-Choose a responsible Tour Operator.
Ask the travel agency or tour operator to view their policies regardingecotourism. The tour operator will have to explain to you what strategies it implements to minimize theenvironmental impact and support the local economy. Before booking, it is necessary to investigate the management policies of the hotel where you will be staying.
-Less greenhouse gas.
Minimize the amount of greenhouse gases produced by favoring train travel and destinations closer to home. It is advisable to take holidays less often in order to accumulate more holidays and use them in full for a longer trip. If you need to transfer by plane, choose a direct flight so as to avoid transfers, where possible, use public transport in the destination location avoiding the rental of individual cars.
–Before the trip.
Find out about local cultures and learn a few words of the language of the destination country, do responsible tourism it means traveling with respect so as to earn respect. Before departure, it is wise to remove all excess packaging as disposing of waste in remote or developing locations is difficult. Responsible tourism it means finding out about local traditions but also about the economic situation: ask your tour operator if there are any social projects in the destination that you can participate in so as to understand how to help support the economy of the area you intend to visit.
-During the trip.
Buy local products rather than goods imported from other countries, hire a local guide, in this way you will learn more about the culture and life of the place. Using public transport can be an ecological and economical choice, alternatively you can rent a bicycle trying to adapt to local customs. If you are in hotels, villages or camps, it doesn't matter, to do some sustainable tourism you have to use water very sparingly, especially if you go to a remote location: water is a precious commodity and too often tourists use more water than local people do.
-On the way back.
It is good to get in the habit of leaving travel feedback. Share your experience in forums and blogs and write a comment to forward to your tour operator; if you have ideas, propose other methods to the travel agency to reduce theenvironmental impact and increase the benefits for local communities. If in the village where you have been you have promised someone to send them a souvenir or a copy of the photographs taken on the spot, remember to keep your promise without being superficial. Too often i responsible tourists they make promises that they don't keep.