More so now than ever , there has been a push for travelers to become more cognizant of their footprints so to speak when visiting other cultures and countries . The renewed awareness is probably gaining strength because of the widespread documented poverty and inequity seen by humanitarians who travel as well as the continued realization that something aught to be and can be done. Some Local economies as well as the Country at large only benefit minimally from tourism as the monitory benifits are scraped up by larger brands who provide lodging and tours as well as food in heavily visited tourist areas. The Travel Foundation based in England is a charity which partners with developing countries and their tourist boards to bring about sustainable travel measures that will benefit monitarily and environmentally. A few if their initiatives are, Reucing greenhouse gas emissions from tourism businesses, Leading the way: Locals leading tourist excursions in their community and Shining a light on local crafts which benefits local markets areas where tourists frequent. Partnership Countries include:Saint Lucia,Croatia, Mexico, Turkey, South Africa, Jamaica and Cape Verde. Learn more at http://www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk/
How we can help the movement:
Learn some of the language: Just a few words or phrases will help you connect with locals
Purchase tours that fund local businesses: some tours are now stating that that they are partnered with sustainable travel initiatives
Eat local: Venture outside of your hotel and visit other less touristy spots , meals are usual any less expensive and consorting with locals is priceless.
Purchase and carry a collapsible water bottle: This will reduce plastics being disposed of is landfills all over the world !