Sustainable Tourism: Travelers’ Duty for a Greener Planet

Tourism is considered to be one of the world’s largest industries, contributing a big part to the world economy. Tourism boosts the economic state of local communities and encourages cultural exchange. On the other hand, it also has a noticeable impact on the environment too.

Nowadays the concept of exploring nature in leisure such as adventure tourism, wildlife excursion, trekking etc. is at its peak. People are getting attracted to such activities day by day. The investors are also willing to construct accommodation settings in such places. Which means more structure will be formed on wildlife.

So, it’s our responsibility to take care of the environment as a traveller. Because as we are promoting tourism at these places and motivating others too, it’s our role to produce a less carbon footprint there. Eco-tourism is indeed a wonderful way to get to know nature up close but we have to keep in mind not to harm nature in any way. And we all can do this by being a sustainable traveller. A traveller plays a crucial role in contributing to a greener planet by making sustainable choices while exploring.

First, let us see, what is it like to be a sustainable traveller.

What does Sustainable Traveller mean?

A sustainable traveller keeps their ecological footprint low while caring for the local communities affected by tourism. The examples can be seen as minimum usage of plastic and taking greener transportation facilities as well as supporting the locals by purchasing local goods and food.

The prime highlight of sustainable tourism is keeping up with the tourism industry without harming the environment. Eco-tourism is focused on the environment implementing a positive impact on it and raising public awareness.

Now the question arises, how can we involve ourselves as sustainable travelers and what are the duties of such individuals?

Duties as a Sustainable Traveller?

Well, there are a lot of ways to support the environment while enjoying the essence of tourism.

Choose Sustainable Accommodations: While selecting accommodations, go for eco-friendly hotels that have adopted sustainable ways. Such as using renewable energy, and minimum waste production.

Practice low Plastic Usage: Try to carry Metal or copper water bottles and jute bags rather than single-use plastic ones. 

Do Research: Before going to any natural habitat take some time to know the place such as their culture and local beliefs. So that you can respect the traditions of the destination you will visit. 

Protect wildlife: Do not try to exploit or harm animals, such as illegally capturing, killing, or riding them by money transactions.


These are only a few ways to contribute to making the tourism experience greener and more sustainable.

Travelling is a great way to explore, make connections, and have lifetime memories. But travellers need to come forward in order to preserve the beauty and safety of the earth. By making responsible choices we are not only helping ourselves but also creating a better place for the future generation.

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About Sourov Saha

Sourov Saha is a student pursuing his Bachelors in Tourism and Hospitality Management. Activity working for Gender Rights, Climate Justice and Social Advocacy based in Bangladesh. Always open to exploring new opportunities.

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