Can tourism have a beneficial influence on people’s lives and on the planet?
This week, ethical travel and its various labels will be brought to light: what are their meanings? How not to misuse them?
How to “do a little less harm than good?” The following article from “The Travel World” is trying to provide answers by classifying and explaining these diverse labels: ecotourism which is “the oldest and most common label for tourism with a positive impact”, green tourism, responsible tourism, sustainable tourism, community-based tourism, pro-poor tourism, voluntourism, slow travel, local travel…etc.
Beyond questions, all these labels are becoming increasingly common in the tourism industry: to know their differences can be helpful not to be tricked when it comes to plan your next journey.
Besides, the article also raises the issue of the credibility of ethical travel: what are the values of these labels in the absence of any harmonization with, for instance, a set of common international standards or proper governmental policies?
Traveling is “about giving as much receiving as it is”. In this way, how to make your trip valuable? How to help the locals and not be just a tourist? This is what “Responsibletravel.com” is proposing: “7 tips on give back ideas and befriending the locals?”. As follows, immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of a country: visit families, see how the locals prepare their cuisine, visit their spiritual centers… etc. And do not forget to spread the word about your trip, the places you enjoyed to visit, “especially if the local economy is in need of the tourism industry”.
And last but not least, we want to share one of “The never ending voyage”‘s article about “35 random observations about Burma” from their times traveling around the country. You will discover some stunning photos and some of their thoughts about Myanmar politics, food, people: how friendly they can be, what they love to do and share with tourists, what they do during their leisure times?…etc. Enjoy the discovery!
See you next week.