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Article: How to organize a sustainable holiday

Come organizzare una vacanza sostenibile

How to organize a sustainable holiday

We often talk about ethics and sustainability but in this case we want to do it with the next holiday in mind . Today tourism is in fact one of the main economic activities, and together with fashion it contributes a lot to global pollution. This is why it is important to travel responsibly and pay attention to our impact on the environment . But let's start from the concept of sustainable travel. What is it exactly? According to the World Tourism Organization (UN), it is “tourism capable of meeting the needs of today's tourists and host regions while foreseeing and increasing opportunities for the future . All resources should be managed so that economic, social and aesthetic needs can be met while maintaining the cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity and life systems of the area in question. Sustainable tourism products are those that act in harmony with the environment, community and local cultures, such that they are the beneficiaries and not the victims of tourism development."


In short, sustainable tourism looks to the future : it is a set of practices and choices that do not damage the environment and favor lasting economic development, contributing to improving the quality of life of residents. Economy, ethics and environment are the fundamental principles on which sustainable tourism is based . That's why when we move we should always keep these three key concepts in mind. And to do this we have thought of some precautions that can make the journey as kind as possible towards the planet, people and animals .

1. Transportation

Transportation is the first step to having a sustainable holiday , so let's make sure we start on the right foot. If flying is the only option we should therefore choose the shortest and most direct route . This is especially important, as most of the fuel is used during takeoff and landing. Opting for the more direct route is a great way to reduce emissions and make flying more sustainable ! But let's remember, if possible, to choose more environmentally friendly methods of transport . Buses, trains and other forms of public transport are, without a doubt, much less polluting.

2. Accommodation

Ensuring that the accommodation is locally owned and not by an international chain can support the community and ensure that the amount paid remains within the boundaries and therefore supports the community. Making sure the accommodation is locally managed is, of course, the number one priority. But if it is also possible to find an environmentally friendly place then the deal is done . Furthermore, many of the popular destinations are overrun by tourism and locals suffer from noise pollution, excessive consumption, overpriced housing, congested roads, loss of culture and the like. Choosing to stay in a less popular area and avoiding contributing to the damage of mass tourism is the second step towards a more responsible holiday .

3. Activities

Just because something is available for tourism doesn't necessarily mean it is respectful of local culture. Doing the right research and ensuring that all activities are sensitive to the locals, their culture and indigenous land is key to a thoughtful approach . While some of the world's top attractions are famous for good reason, it is not sustainable to continue visiting them if we are causing irreparable harm. If we then choose to travel through an agency, it is advisable to make sure that the chosen operator is responsible and aware . As? Considering agencies that care about environmental footprint, ethical animal tourism, giving back to the local community, that employ local people, that support locally owned businesses and have ethical practices.

4. Luggage

We may not realize it but the lighter the plane, the lower the fuel consumption. Traveling as light as possible is therefore a decisive choice . Just as adopting culturally appropriate dress is vital to being an ethical traveler .

And finally, let's remember to always adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle . Reusable bottles and bags, water filters, bamboo cutlery, plastic-free toiletries, etc. When traveling to destinations where infrastructure is lacking and waste disposal is less developed, it is important to do our best not to contribute further . All this might seem difficult to implement, but let's remember that the soul of ethical and sustainable travel is being aware and responsible, putting yourself in other people's shoes and doing as much research as possible . Taking the time to think about your impact is really all there is to it. Maybe it's already a lot but each of us can do our part to make tourism less polluting and harmful .

It's time to narrow down your bucket list and rediscover what travel truly means . Connection with other cultures, with other human beings, with nature, and with the true self that resides within us submerged by the thousand daily activities.

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