Overtourism is one of the biggest issues because it cause serious damage to many protected places. Many tourists travel without responsibility so they do as they will without considering the effect it cause to the local people’s lives and environment. There have been many popular attractions that are too crowded by tourists. And it makes other travelers prefer a visit to untouched places. However, is it ethical to do so? How to do it more responsibly as not to cause any more damage?
Visiting untouched places more responsibly
There is that unique appeal when you think about the idea of visiting untouched places. It brings you this level of curiosity. Travelers also choose this to learn more about something not many people know. Remote experiences are also being chased by travelers who crave for tranquility after being surrounded by noise and buzz of big cities on daily basis. However, visiting untouched places can be harmful if you don’t do it responsibly.
Set your goals
Responsible travel is also about your intention on doing what you are planning to do. When you are being mindful with your intention, you will do your best not to cause any harm to the communities and ecosystems. Some traveler want to travel to remote places because they want to learn more about the local culture. They want to have first-hand experiences on the local’s ways of life and get to know more about the local communities. if you just want to take cool selfies then you should refocus and reorient your intention on visiting remote places.
Consider the consequences
Before deciding to visit remote places, you need to think about the possible consequences regardless of your intention, even if your intention is good, you won’t get the expected values or outcomes if you travel irresponsibly. That’s why thinking about the consequences of your visit is essential especially because it involves the people in the community and their land. To not cause any harmful experience to the local due to lack of sensitivity and knowledge, make sure to do your research prior the trip.
Consider your travel footprint
You might think that visiting untouched places is better because you can help reducing overtourism to popular attractions. However, you also need to think about the way you get to the remote places. Keep in mind that these places are mostly less accessible with public transports. Hence, you might have to take multiple flights, pollution-generating transports, etc. It means your you leave travel footprint that is just as harmful as overtourism to popular places.
Travel to remote places ethically and responsibly
When you want to escape the crowds and choose to visit remote places, there are many considerations to take especially about the impacts. Hence, it is essential to know how to do it more ethically and responsibly to make sure you don’t cause any damage to the local people and their ecosystem. Remember that what you do is more impactful then how far away you travel.