Eco-tourism & How to Travel Responsibly
Most of us know the word 'wanderlust' from overdone tattoos and cliche social media posts. But when 2020 hit us like a storm and locked us indoors, we learned its true meaning. We learned how strong the desire to travel can get.
Now that life is returning to normalcy, it's time to start packing your bags because tring tring - the mountains are calling.
But before you rush to the outdoors and soak up the sun, take these minor precautions to make sure that you don’t harm the environment while doing so.
Locally owned bed-and-breakfasts:
Meeting new people is an indispensable part of the traveling experience. And do you know what's the best way to meet and interact with the locals? Stay in a locally owned bed and breakfast or choose homestays over hotel chains.
You'll get a taste of how the locals live and possibly make some new friends. It helps the local economy while enriching your stay with priceless memories.
When it comes to buying souvenirs, there's nothing that can beat local handmade crafts. No matter where you go, try to support the local artisans of the area by buying from them. It is an easy way to give back to the community and buying something unique for yourself. Win win!
Do not litter:
Larger cities and towns may have a garbage disposal system in place but when you travel to smaller and more remote places, it gets tricky. Many hamlets still rely on civic sense and may not have someone else to clean up after you. So, it is always better to be a responsible traveler and not litter. If you are out camping in the outdoors, it becomes even more important for you to leave the place the same way you found it. Carry trash bags so you can dump your trash in them and dispose of it properly. You can try The Better Home's biodegradable and compostable garbage bags as these do not pollute the soil.
Eat from local joints:
Local cafes and restaurants are your best bet if you want to gorge on native cuisine. Great food, great time, is there anything else that one can ask for? Eating out is a welcome break from ordering takeouts, isn't it?
If you are a nature buff hiking and trekking are must-haves in your itinerary. It is a fun and eco-friendly way to explore the surroundings. But while you are out and about soaking in the greenery, don't let insects and mosquitoes ruin your experience. You can carry a mosquito repellent spray or The Better Home's all-natural toxin-free mosquito repellent that keeps pesky insects away without harming your health.