Almost all of people in the world love travelling. However, each person can choose to make their travel different from others by choosing the way they act differently. Every single traveler can create the world of change to the place they visited, and imagine how it could be when billions of people doing the same?
Consequently, choosing to put positive or negative impact on the destinations is what makes the travel distinguished. There was a sharing about how to become responsible traveler, and now the ultimate version will be revealed:
Lower the graffiti
Most of modern travelers have the habit of leaving their graffiti wherever they put their steps on. Graffiti mentioned here are not only marks, carvings, personal objects,… but also the waste they left behind after their trip. Managing waste has long been a struggling issue in every country in the world, especially developing countries where the tracks of the poverty are still so heavy. Specially in those countries, the level of education about recycling and minimizing waste is not as high as developed countries. Thus, each traveler should mind the way they behave in which they will not unknowingly contribute to the problem and make it worse.
Various ways can be found for a traveler to contribute positively to the environment, from tiny things such as throwing trash into right place, using cloth bags instead of plastic ones, carrying individual and reusable bottles that can be filled up in any hotels, houses, restaurants rather than buying water on the way, drinking coffee in shops instead of buying a take-away,…to bigger action like join volunteer jobs relating to cleaning and recycling waste from NGO or local organizations…
Let the land remembers your footprint
One of the great ways to reduce negative impact on the environment is decrease the time of using private vehicles namely taxis, motorbikes,… Instead, travelers can take the bus to go from A to B, or they even can walk if the distance is not so far. Walking not only helps to lower the gases from using vehicles, but also generates closer connection with the destinations, in which travelers can have time to explore, witness the place, and simultaneously improve health. Another ideal way if travelers really want to discover a destination, explore the environment is to use or rent bicycles.
Put your sympathy in the right place
Everybody has compassion, and most of the people will feel their heart broken whenever there are miserable people, especially children, begging in front of them. However, most of the people also do not know that their generosity may cause the problem worse as that encourages those local people to continue asking and relying on visitors’ money. As a result, there have been numerous destinations have ended up with people pretending to be miserable than they really are with the aim to extort money from others, leads to the consequence of there are a large deal of people become passive and lazy.
The issue is more controversial when it comes to children, as their parents tend to send them out to the streets to beg rather than take them to schools. In the worse case, those people and children may involve in network run by dishonorable characters who would exploit the miserable and keep the money for themselves.
The begging may appear in various forms. Beggars may come directly to travelers in pitiful outlook and ask for money, or foreigners can see a mother carrying one or many children sitting in the corners with a can or bag, or travelers may also catch the image of disables difficultly move around and beg. There is higher and also more deceitful level of begging called “tout”. This happens when travelers come to a place and there will be a group of people following them. They would talk and ask friendly at first, but when the tour ends, they will insist travelers to buy their products or directly ask for money as the fee of guiding although travelers did not ask for.
There are better ways than giving money to the beggars if travelers really want to help out. Instead of money, travelers can buy local people some food or water. Visitors also can spend little time to seek out and contact with local organizations and ask if there is any assistance needed.
Spread the Spirit
Some are naturally born to be responsible travelers, but many still unintentionally create negative impact on the environment and the community when they travel. Most of travelers are not aware of the implications their actions can have on the locals, so the help from responsible ones are highly appreciated.
Whenever there is any inadvertent action is found, it must be warn and educated in a friendly way. Travelers who are responsible and highly aware of sustainability can discuss with those who travelling with, staying in the same hotel, or meeting in the journey. If a tiny action a of traveler can create a huge impact to the environment, community and culture, a thoughtful mind also can change a world of thinking of other travelers.