Why travelers are greening their travels
Travelers are going back to nature making sure they are booking home stays that conserve energy and water and contribute to the local economy. Overcrowding has left places dirty but travelers are trying to be mindful on the road carrying their own bags and cutlery and also segregating wastage. Overcrowding has left spaces cope with up the effects of water scarcity, traffic congestion, litter and pollution.
Millennials are trying to be responsible on the road following practices that preserve the ecology and ecosystems apart from respecting culture and supporting the local economy with their spends.
Millennial travelers pick home stays powered by solar panels and use public modes of transport rather than infinity pools and safaris in fuel guzzling Hummer cars. Travelers carry their own flasks and cutlery so that they do not use anything plastic. Travelers pack their own disposable bags and dispose the garbage on a daily basis. Home stays are not always cheaper than hotels but they are often the greener option.
Travelers leave a carbon footprint while taking flights and so are trying to compensate by generating minimal waste wherever they stay. Home stays help them cook, do laundry and meet locals. Apart form climate change, garbage, contamination of water sources and pollution upset the balance of nature. At times infrastructure is not upgraded over a period of time and traffic makes the situation worse. Higher disposable incomes, cheaper flights and cruises coupled with bragging rights on social media and Instagram are encouraging people to travel like never before. The number of outbound travelers are increasing year after year. Domestic travel is escalating.
Travel in the long term becomes an unsustainable practice. It leads to carbon emissions and generates trash on a large scale. Travelers are trying to be considerate while traveling.
Millennial generation of Travelers are very well aware of the consequences of wanderlust. Millennials want to travel sustainably and also willing to pay a premium to ensure the same. Millennials believe that basic steps go a long way towards reducing carbon footprint like carrying your own water bottles, fabric tote bags and reusable coffee cups to reduce plastic consumption. Millennials are practicing extra caution when visiting an ecologically sensitive region so that it does not get depleted. While choosing an agency or a company to plan the trip, travelers are asking how they deal with waste, conserve water and energy, support the traditional and cultural way of life and contribute to the local community.
Both travelers and hosts at the home stays are responsible. Hosts minimize carbon footprints by using fuel free power back up and farm equipment. The sustainable idea is to cut back on lights and vehicles. Locals take it upon themselves to save their place of habitat from the onslaught of travelers. Hosts take turns to keep watch on visitors who flock the local attractions. Travelers are often spotted littering and dirtying these attractions.
Some international destinations have capped the number of visitors to preserve the local ecology and habitat to provide a breather to its residents. Government is taking personal interest by crowd control measures as counterintuitive to recover the ecosystems. Travelers want to take memories without leaving carbon footprints.
Venice began experimenting with the “people counters” with the most heavily trafficked areas especially the historic bridges that have left the residents harried. The numbers are shared real-time on the city’s website and social media feeds to discourage people from going to places crammed and chock full packed with foot traffic. Capri and Garda in Italy are following the same footsteps. In the Old Town of Croatia visitors are turned away when a certain cap is reached after UNESCO raised concerns about damage to the old buildings in the World Heritage Site. The popular Maya Bay in Thailand was closed to travelers for about four months where the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach was shot in order to let the coral reefs recover that were mainly damaged by traveler boat anchors.
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