How to be responsible traveler or a host?
The decline of Pangong lake after 3 idiots is the most obvious fact, we all have encountered. Once serene, this place has now turned into ‘American dream’ for all middle-class Indians. Similarly, Taj Mahal that stands as a symbol of India to the world has been degrading due to pollution and over-crowded places , it is saddening that Tourism department isn’t taking major step towards this cause.
With popularity comes its demerits!
There are umpteen number of places which have been ruined by mass tourists. This has been bone of contention for all who are in love with the nature. The natural exosphere of these places is disturbed and at times the endemic flora and fauna is destroyed beyond repair.
We urge you to follow these easy steps to not to ruin a place-
- TRAVEL LOCALLY
Do not take your own vehicle, this serves two causes firstly, this will reduce the pollution level. Secondly, it boosts the local economy and provides employment to locals.
- BE AWARE
Understand the Eco-system of the place before going. Little research does no harm. This can let you know what things are suitable for the environment of the place hence reducing trash.
- RECYCLE AND RECYCLE
Carry things that are recyclable or bio-degradable, so if even if you have to shed-off some weight, it does not harm the environment.
- CREATE EVENT FOR CLEANING UP TOURIST PLACES NEARBY
If there is a tourist place near your city or in the city go there to conduct a cleaning drive or a plantation drive so that you also have a hand in maintaining the place besides government.
- REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINTS
opt for food that is rawer and is grown locally. This can reduce the need to import food hence leading to lower carbon emission.
- STOP SCRIBBLING
Do not scribble on the walls of the monuments. do not even engrave names on them. If you are keen on immortalizing your name, choose some other way.
- TRY KNOWING LOCAL CULTURE
Mass tourists destroy the local culture of the place so try knowing about their culture so that the ideas about their history or practices are propagated and preserved.
This can help you experience the place in its originality and will reduce the expenses too. This can be a win-win situation for both the sides. This way you’ll know things more than a normal tourist does.
- KEEP WASHROOMS CLEAN
The public toilets are the places which are visited most frequently, so as a courtesy to the next person keep them neat. Let the authorities know if they are unclean.
Keep it handy, not just for yourself but for people around too. So that you become unexpected superhero in the time of crisis.
If some tourists visit your place, help them up so that they are not cheated by local vendors or souvenir shops.
- ID IS THE PANACEA
Wherever you are travelling, do carry an identity card to save from any trouble, thank me later!
- EDUCATE OTHERS
Let everyone know about all the things needed to be a responsible and a careful tourist or a host.
- DO NOT CONFUSE FELLOW TOURISTS
If you do not know about a place or the directions, do not misguide others!
- SCAMS ARE FOR REAL
Pickpockets or other scammers can be a big nuisance and they hunt for new people especially, stay alert!
- KEEP THE NUMBER OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES
In case you face a trouble or you see someone violating human rights or animal rights, keep the numbers prior hand.
- WATER IS PRECIOUS
Many tourists are generally seen not to bother too much about the water resources of the place they’re visiting! Use water economically plus do not litter the water resources of that place.
- FUTURE IS SOLAR
Try using gadgets that use solar energy! This way you will save electricity.
- ADOPT PRESEVATION PROGRAMMES
Form a group or encourage people for the restoration of the monuments of their city with the government’s help and permission.
- HERITAGE WALKS AND TALKS
Conduct ‘heritage walks’ or ‘group discussions’ regarding steps to preserve and thrive the cultural heritage of your city.
The condition is saddening but not all gloomy. There is a country like Bhutan that is not just Carbon neutral but Carbon negative! This surely is a ray of hope and has been possible because the government plus the natives are willing, let us also follow these easy steps and enjoy traveling at its best.