Over the past decade, global tourism has boomed. According to Sustainable Travel International, international **tourist arrivals have grown by 52%, from 956 million people to more than 1.4 billion in 2019, since 2010. **
Due to the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic, many countries around the world were put into lockdown to avoid the spread of the virus. The long months spent at home this and the past year have increased people's desire to travel even more. Isn't that true? Just think of all the trips you had to postpone. **Those long-awaited journeys to go to hidden parts of the world and get in touch with new cultures different from ours. **
Even though we can't wait to return to travel, our planet is not looking forward to it as much as we are. As stated by Sustainable Travel International, "tourism is responsible for roughly 8% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. From transportation and lodging to food and souvenirs, various activities contribute to tourism's carbon footprint".
A one-flight from London to New York generates about the same amount of emissions as the average person in Zimbabwe generates over an entire year. Isn't this scary?
In this year the world has literally stopped and this unexpected situation, among other things, has proved to be an opportunity for reflection. When we can return to travel, will we do it the same way we used to? According to many tourism experts the time has come to change the way people travel in favor of more responsible travel. But how is it possible?
First of all, it is not necessary to visit as many attractions in a few days without enjoying the travel experience fully and calmly. We must certainly opt more for quality than quantity.
This is something I have struggled with in the past, but looking for less of the "musts" in one go, can allow you to live the place you're visiting from a "local" point of view.
Furthermore, you have to choose local travel agencies located in the chosen destination that work not only in respect of the environment but also of the development of local populations.
For example, some local travel agency partner of Evaneos already working concretely on sustainable tourism.** Isn't it more satisfying to travel with a local agency that contribut to the forestation of the planet or to finance the training of professional guides working in national parks?**
Do you agree that the best post-pandemic solution is to travel in a more responsible and eco-sustainable way? Let me know!