5 things you need to know about sustainable tourism

.. And why we should sustain them

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Image/Photo courtesy by Ales Krivec

Sustainable tourism may raise a few eyebrows and, unless you’re an insider, it can be confusing. But for startups, entrepreneurs, and general wanderlusters, sustainable travel and tourism is an opportunity for business, changing the world, and immersing in local cultures – all while creating better experiences.  At its core, sustainable tourism is about creating a better place to live and better places to visit.

Here are the five things you need to know about sustainable travel:

  1. It is beneficial to local communities:

Sustainable tourism helps the local community stay profitable.  Travelling sustainably help keep money within the local communities. It smooths the way for growth and can impact the socioeconomics of a variety of nations.

  1. Helps preserve natural resources:

Wouldn’t it be nice if, let’s say 20 to 40 years from now, the destinations we want to explore will still be accessible? Sustainable tourism keeps a mindful watch on conservation of these natural resources.

  1. Can lead to cultural preservation:

Sustainable tourism contributes to preserve cultures and gives travellers and wanderlusters the ability to immerse in cultures – to become a part of traditions, food, language, and culture.

  1. Help reduce waste materials and create a smaller carbon footprint:

Sustainable tourists become a part of the solution, not the problem when it comes to the environment. There is a mindset to reduce plastic, waste, and all the pollutants common with travel.

  1. Cost effective:

Goods that are not imported can be a lot cheaper. Oftentimes, companies administering locally are more budget-friendly. Thus, sustainable travel can be a low-cost substitute without skimping on luxury.

It’s not just about sustainability, it’s about leaving a positive and lasting impact on the planet for many generations to come. And that’s something we can all get behind.