Tourism and travel are an industry of give and take, good and bad. It is one of the world’s dominant industries and has the ability to impact many. What we can learn from this industry is vast and can be applied in many aspects of business and personal life.
One thing we know for certain is that if it something isn’t easy or affordable, people are not going to do it. Sure, we can talk about calculating your carbon footprint, lifecycle analysis, and other stuff. But, we aren’t sure the average traveler is really interested in that. Instead, we hope to offer sustainable tourism tips and tricks that are relatable yet impactful.
You might be asking what gives By Land and Sea the authority to talk about this sort of stuff? Well, it just so happens that I earned my master’s degree in Sustainable Tourism. That makes me a bit of an expert!
If you aren’t sure where to start, read our post about 5 Easy Tips for More Sustainable Travels. After that, check out 3 Easy Tips To Conserve Water While Traveling. Again, these are just a few easy things that anybody can do. We believe if everyone made just a few small changes, it would really add up to big results.
Below, we’re highlighting some featured posts that focus a bit more on sustainable tourism principals. But, you’ll also see tidbits infused throughout a variety of posts and pages.
The sustainability experience you have may be different depending on where you are traveling and what you are doing. A small, local community might approach things differently than large entities like the USA’s National Parks or major corporations.
So What Is Sustainable Tourism, exactly?
In case you’re more curious about sustainable tourism, here is the official definition:
Sustainable tourism, one that establishes a suitable balance between the environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects of tourism development, plays an important role in conserving biodiversity. It attempts to minimize its impact on the environment and local culture so that it will be available for future generations, while contributing to generate income, employment, and the conservation of local ecosystems.
By doing so, sustainable tourism maximizes the positive contribution of tourism to biodiversity conservation and thus to poverty reduction and the achievement of common goals towards sustainable development.
Sustainable tourism provides crucial economic incentives for habitat protection. Revenues from visitor spending are often channeled back into nature conservation or capacity building programs for local communities to manage protected areas.
Furthermore, tourism can be a key vehicle in raising awareness and fostering positive behavior change for biodiversity conservation among the millions of people travelling the globe every year.
World Tourism Organization
Sustainable tourism encompasses every part of travel. Whether you want to lessen the negative impacts of your next cruise vacation or simply learn how to reduce paper, it is possible to travel in a more sustainable manner!