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Making the right choices

Good Reads is my collection of readworthy articles about Sustainable Tourism that can be found on the Internet. Lonely Planet „The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can make travel decisions that benefit the planet and its peoples, as well as yourself…“ -> Full article…        

What is ‚green travel‘, anyway?

Good Reads is my collection of readworthy articles about Sustainable Tourism that can be found on the Internet. The Washington Post „If you travel, you will leave a charcoal smudge in your wake. You can’t help it. Planes spew carbon emissions, hotels guzzle gallons of water to launder sheets and towels, and thirsty travelers chug-a-lug plastic bottles of water. But don’t let the guilt dampen your vacation. Eco-friendly travel practices can lift the remorse and lighten the blemish on Mother Earth…“ -> Full article

Where Sustainable Tourism is headed

Good Reads is my collection of readworthy articles about Sustainable Tourism that can be found on the Internet. The New York Times „Sustainable tourism — bringing global awareness to travel and putting it into action — is a top priority for the United Nations this year. The organization has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development…“ -> Full article…

CO2 Emissions

No question: Travel, especially air travel, causes huge CO2 Emissions. Does that mean you should stay at home? I don’t think so. Many destinations, especially in less developed countries, rely on tourism. If the tourists would stay away, economies would break down. People would not earn enough money anymore. Parents could not feed their children or send them to school. And also the traveler would miss more than a nice holiday. There is a quote by Alexander von Humboldt saying: „The most dangerous worldviews are the worldviews of those who have never viewed the world.“ This means that getting to know different cultures and foreign people makes you more open minded and helps to have a better understanding of the world and the needs of the people worldwide. So if you still want to travel what can you do about your CO2 emissions? If you are going on a short distance trip consider taking the train. You can save up to 73 % of the CO2 emissions you would cause by traveling with your car. Compensate for …

Garbage

‚Waste‘ or ‚trash‘ are huge problems in developing countries. Not so many years ago people simply used to harvest or grow what they need. Back then the few goods on sale were wrapped in banana leaves or similar packaging. After usage the packaging was dumped on the ground. Nowadays most goods are wrapped in plastic. Though there is no working official garbage collection, people still dump their left-overs. Which leads to huge piles of trash. Many NGOs are working on rising awareness among villagers for the trash problem. They are introducing programs, that allow people to collect their garbage and deliver it to a dump site. They also try to build up garbage collection mechanisms. But it is not only about the garbage produced by locals. The NGO ‚Refill not Landfill‚ in Cambodia calculated how many plastic water bottles are used and thrown away by the tourists. The numbers are shocking. With 4.8 million visitors traveling to Cambodia in 2015, staying an average of 6.8 days and consuming an average of 2 litres of bottled water …

The country that’s drowning

Good Reads is my collection of readworthy articles about Sustainable Tourism that can be found on the Internet. BBC Travel „Rising sea levels threaten key coastal areas like the Mekong Delta, which produces the majority of Vietnam’s rice. The only thing standing between the country and the ocean is a tree…“ -> Full article

A destination too popular?

Good Reads is my collection of readworthy articles about Sustainable Tourism that can be found on the Internet. Condé Nast Traveler „The last time you peered out an airplane window when you were landing somewhere new—maybe it was the fjords of eastern Norway or the lights of Kuala Lumpur—you probably felt a rush, an adrenaline surge that seemed to flash from stomach to limbs. It’s your brain’s natural response to the unknown. Psychologists associate this trait—inherent in all of us, but on a broad scale of intensity—with what compels us to indulge our wanderlust on the fringes of the map. But what happens when the unknown becomes well known? What makes a spot an actual destination? And can it ever recover?…“ -> Full article…

Ecotourism

Ecotourism is about uniting preservation, communities and Sustainable Travel. This means that those who offer ecotourism activities should adopt the following principles: – Minimize physical, social and behavioral impacts. – Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect. – Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts. – Provide direct financial benefits for conservation. – Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry. – Deliver memorable experiences to visitors that help raise tourist’s sensitivity. – Design, construct and operate environmentally friendly facilities. – Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People and create empowerment. Still, it is not easy to build up an ecotourism project. Do you want to give it a try? Check out that link and try out the Interactive Ecotourism Game. You will find out that it is not that easy to build up a ecotourism project and that many pitfalls are waiting for you.

Culture

Respecting the local culture of the visited country should be obvious. But for many tourists it is not. Here is an example: When I traveled to Cambodia with my parents in 2015 the newspapers were full of articles about the arrest of two tourists for taking naked photos in the ruins of Angkor Wat. (Read the full The Guardian article here.) The Angkor Archaeological Park is a world heritage site and a holy site to the Cambodians. Behavior like this offends and upsets them and it should be very clear to any tourist that this kind of behavior is inappropriate. Respecting the local culture in terms of Sustainable Tourism also means helping to preserve the cultural heritage. Cultural heritage can be a lot of different things, for example historic monuments, traditional crafts or landforms and nature. So as a responsible traveler you can do two things: – Respect local customs and morals – Support organizations that work on preserving cultural heritage

Development Projects

I recently traveled to Myanmar with my parents. In Ngapali, a region in the west of Myanmar, I had the chance to visit a local NGO project with my mother. A NGO is a Non Governmental Organization which means that private people work together to help others who are in need. With this NGO we delivered solar panels to a village that did not have power supply. Here are some impressions from the visit. Our Trip started here. The car stopped because of the river. Which meant we had to walk through the river. Into the Nature of Myanmar we went. It was beautiful. The other adults from the NGO carried big boxes with solar lamps inside. We walked a long way through the forests, the fields and tight pathways. And then finally we arrived in a little village were everyone was waiting for us. There were many children, too. They looked very interested. Then women from the NGO explained how to use the solar lamps. And these were the people who got solar lamps. After the solar lamps …