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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 …

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