"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.."
Responsible travel has come a long way since its initial recognition in the late '80's. In the past it was a term used to describe travel that considered the environment and the social and cultural integrity of destinations. Today, RT encompasses environmental, social, cultural and financvial aspects of tourism, with an emphasis on reducing the negative impacts of tourism while at the same time enhancing the positive elements.
When we visit beautiful places it's natural to want our holidays to have a positive impact on local people and their environments.
Responsible travel is about more authentic holiday experiences that enable you to get a little bit more out of your travels, and give a little bit more back to destinations and local people. All holidays have positive and negative impacts locally.
The following websites have more information on what you can do before you travel and during your travels, to ensure that you become a responsible traveller.
The story of responsible travel
The Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Handbook has become an important source of information on responsible tourism, and provides a valuable guide to certified and recognised businesses that meet the global standard for responsible and sustainable tourism. Get your on-line version by clicking here