Responsible Tourism is an active awareness about the effects travel can have on other places, both positive and negative. The general idea is that when tour operators, hotels, governments, locals, and tourists all take responsibility for ensuring travel is sustainable, it makes better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit.
Responsible travelers think about the people with whom they interact, both economically and experientially. We consider the impact our journeys have on the environment, cautiously choosing our hotels, transportation, and activities in a way that helps preserve the destination and benefits the people who live there.
Let’s be honest: Taking time to consider our impact on a destination isn’t always convenient when we’re on vacation. But Responsible Tourism is more authentic, more immersive, and often leads us to more exhilarating adventures. Often, this extra attention to the details of our experience produces a much more rewarding and memorable trip.