Travelling around the world in a matter of hours is a privilege that many of us have taken for granted over the last few decades, especially considering how cheap it is to travel internationally in relative terms. But current air travel standards take a serious toll on the environment, and it’s important that we begin to look at more sustainable methods of travel that don’t come with such large carbon emissions. To that end, these are some of the eco-friendlier trends that are starting to take over the travel industry, and will hopefully lay a foundation for the future.
Sustainable volunteering is a term that’s gaining more and more popularity, and it’s one that frequent travelers should consider. The idea behind sustainable volunteering is doing what’s necessary to off-set the emissions and waste generated by travelling. This can be done by volunteering at a sustainable farm operation, working at an animal rescue organization, or by planting trees with a reforestation project. It’s a great way of providing assistance to the organizations that need it the most while nullifying the amount of carbon that’s put into the atmosphere, which can be up to 9 tons per person per flight when flying internationally. Much of the time, skilled persons are able to use their skills to better a project or community, which is extremely important in developing countries.
A new trend that is gaining international traction is opening a resort or lodge that uses sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, meaning that whoever stays there can ensure that their travel isn’t causing any damage while still being able to enjoy their holiday. It’s becoming vital to safeguard our ecosystems around the world, and one of the best ways to do it is by using eco-friendly tourist hubs to keep money flowing into conservation projects, many of which are funded directly through the tourism and travel industry. Not only does the local environment benefit from the increase number of eco-lodges, but local communities can also have access to a wider variety of jobs and opportunities.
Strict Visitation Rules
Another popular trend that’s affecting the tourism industry is the enforcement of stricter visitation rules by governmental organisations and are almost always specifically aimed at cutting down on the number of people visiting a site. Over-tourism was becoming a global problem, and lead to the destruction of many natural sites and attractions being cut off from the public completely. These new rules often include limits to the number of people that are allowed to view the place in question, with the hope being that more people are put off by the rules, and that only those that will take the time to appreciate the attraction will consider going in the first place. It’s by no means a new phenomenon, as the French government has implemented similar rules in the past, but we’re starting to see it in more countries.