Greeting, Saigon Free Day Tours is back with more useful information for you! Have you ever heard of the phrase “ecotourism”? Some might, some might not. No need to search google, we will explain to you. Well, reality shows that each visitor’s attitude and actions will directly affect the environment and the population around the destination they visit. Therefore, it is very important for every visitor to be aware of their responsibility in every travel itinerary. Here are some ways to help you become an eco-friendly tourist and to make sure that the experience you gain from the trip goes hand in hand with the good value of ecotourism.
1.Preparing for the trip
With the development of the internet, tourists can search for information about the destinations and encounter many terms such as “responsible travel”, “eco-tourism” and “morality in tourism”. All of these definitions aim to not only help tourists have a truly comfortable vacation but also contribute to the economy, protect the environment and indigenous cultures.
Before going on a tour, we need to look for information about the place we’re going to visit: some common words in the coming country; the sights that are interested in the local community; health checks and immunizations to prevent some diseases; …
When choosing destinations, we need to prioritize the places which include some environmental protection activities and attention to the local people. In some cases, tourists may choose a destination if the trip cost increase contributes to creating fair wages for employees and contributing to the implementation of environmental protection initiatives.
We should select travel agencies that are interested in environmental protection activities. Also, tourists should choose homestays as your accommodation.
When packing luggage, we ought to bring necessary items because some places do not have good waste treatment systems to solve when waste increases. A simple way to reduce the amount of waste at the destination is to bring your own reusable travel silverware, straws and water bottles.
2. Traveling to the destinations by vehicles that are harmless to the environment
Some suggestions for choosing vehicles when visiting:
– Choose a train, bus, boat or carriage as your transportation.
– Select airlines that take actions in reducing CO2 emissions. A simple measure is to choose non-stop flights instead of transshipment flights because when planes go up and down, they emit a lot of CO2.
– Travel by train to some places where it’s hard to access by other transportation such as car, …
– Use bicycles city tours because it’s more comfortable and you can see the sights easier.
– Travel by ships and boats because it is less polluted than the others.
– Travel on foot to the near locations.
3.Seeking out eco-friendly accommodations
Before traveling, we need to look for the accommodations that are committed to eco-friendly living and supporting the local environment with eco-friendly practices. To help you choose the accommodation, here are some criteria you should consider as follows:
– How does the hotel handle waste and recycling?
– Reuse policy?
– Energy saving and water saving policy?
– Does the hotel restaurant use organic or locally produced products?
When using accommodation services, tourists should keep in mind that water is a scarce resource. Using electricity from non-renewable energy sources will contribute to increasing the greenhouse effect. In order to help control this phenomenon, tourists can implement some simple ways:
– Use a shower instead of a bathtub to reduce the amount of water.
– Turn off the lights when leaving the room.
– Turn off the TV and video cassette completely because when these devices are in standby mode, they still consume energy.
– Close the window and pull the curtain to prevent cool air or hot air from escaping the room.
4.Eating local food
When choosing food to eat, tourists have to notice some issues to protect the environment and support the local people:
– Do not use dishes prepared from rare animals and plants
– Use dishes with local ingredients because it can reduce the amount of CO2 generated by transport and contribute to local people.
– Should use organic foods.
– Consider the types of seafood in the menu that comply with the fishing regulations.
I hope with the ways that I had given, you will become an eco-friendly tourist when you travel. Travel is a good and effective way to help you relax but remember, it should be done with environmental responsibility. Additionally, you can access our website to find out more helpful articles. If you travel to Vietnam and visit our amazing Ho Chi Minh city, you can also book a tour on our website. Our website address is below: