As a tourist, you have to be responsible with the
trash you produce. You’re just a tourist, and you will leave the place you
visited soon. The people who live in the area will most likely be responsible
in dealing with the trash. The least you can do is be responsible. Apart from
dealing with garbage, these are other tips to show
that you’re a responsible tourist.
Avoid using plastic bags
If you’re going to buy something from a local store,
try not to use plastic bags. Bring
your own recyclable bags or just carry the items if possible. If there are
existing local laws against the use of plastic bags, you have to respect them.
Plastic doesn’t decompose even for decades. Hence, there’s an effort to curb
the use of single-use plastic everywhere in the world.
If possible, you should travel light. In doing so, you
can help reduce carbon emission in planes. Every kilogram count when you fly,
and traveling light helps a lot. You will also have less garbage left behind if
you didn’t bring plenty of items in the first place. Besides, it’s easier to
travel when you don’t pack too many things.
Wherever you go, there are rules to observe. Some
places are stricter than others. If you’re visiting
small islands, these rules have to be tightly observed. It’s a matter of
life and death for the locals. They want to preserve their way of life. They
also care about their environment. Some of the laws might seem draconian, but
you have no choice but to follow. If you can’t, don’t go there.
Bring your own water bottle
Instead of buying plastic bottled water all the time,
you can bring your own water bottle. You can refill it and avoid throwing more
trash. You can also save a lot of money. Besides, when water is boiled or
filtered, it’s safe for drinking.
Use public transportation
Public transportation carries lots of people at once.
It saves energy. If you’re traveling to big cities, you should find out how to
use buses and trains. Besides, given how bad traffic is, you wouldn’t want to
take a cab. Using the train is probably the best way to move around.
Choose environment-friendly hotels
It also helps if you partner with hotels that have
environment-friendly practices. They will guarantee that you won’t damage
anything during your visit. As long as you follow the rules, it’s good enough.
Supporting these hotels will also encourage other accommodation options to do
Respect the animals
If you’re visiting some places to see animals, you
should respect them. Don’t hurt the animals in any way. Follow the rules if you
have to go to an adventure where you will be up close with wild animals. Don’t
feed them if told not to. You should also support some projects that help save
endangered or threatened animals. You can at least do something for the
community before leaving.
Being a tourist isn’t only about visiting places. It’s
also about being responsible as a steward of the environment. You might even
visit some places due to the natural wonders. You want them to stay the same
for the future generations.
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