This country should plan ahead to ensure promotion of responsible tourism well in time, especially in the scope of village tourism. This may be considered a ‘new’ way of travel but Government must be conscious of the give and take of eco-tourism: tourists walk through the homeland of varying cultural groups and in order to interact with locals, they use their humble lodges or homes wherever possible. When not, in some of the higher and remote regions, tourists should camp near villages, trading with locals for food they need along the way, assisting them with medical help in the simple way they can, donate items, even on occasion cash for purchasing equipment at local schools.
Yes, for those travellers who’ve had enough of mass tourism, its about respecting and benefiting local people and the environment – and far, far more.
Responsible travel suits the curious adventurer and enthusiast. Its travel is about bringing tourists closer to local cultures and environments by involving local people in the business. It’s about doing this in a fair way that helps ensure that they will give tourists an even warmer welcome. For example, a local guide from a destination will open tourists’ eyes to their own unique culture and way of life far better than an expat guide could ever do – they will also earn a much needed income from the industry.
The responsible traveller prefers smaller groups, and to meet some local people (as well as fellow travellers) rather than be surrounded by 1000’s of people from back home. They dislike being herded about in large crowds, seas of nameless faces and understand that travelling in smaller groups makes local people and cultures more accessible.
The responsible traveller wants to get a little bit more out of his travels, and to give a little bit back to the special places and people that he encounters. The responsible traveller values authenticity – experiences integral to local people’s traditions, cultures and rituals – rather than those created for tourism, or those whose existing meanings and uses have become lost as they have been packaged for tourism. He believes that travelling with respect earns him respect. He gets to know and understand local peoples relationship with environment, and that income from tourism can be a powerful incentive for conservation. The responsible traveller values diversity – of people, cultures and environments.
Cut loose and experience this enchanting world.
- Responsible travel maximizes the benefits, and minimizes the negative effects of tourism.
- Responsible travel promote in preserving local cultures and make traveller learning of a few words of local language – travelling with respect earns traveller respect
- Responsible travellers remove all excess packaging – waste disposal is difficult in remote places and developing countries
- Government should offer tips for responsible travel in each destination
- If travellers like to bring something to donate to the people along the trail, there should be suggestions of what will be most appreciated.
- Respect local cultures, traditions and holy places – if in doubt ask advice or don’t visit.
- Use water sparingly – its very precious in many countries and travellers tend to use far more than local people
Charity tours are ideal for people who don’t only want to travel responsibly, but also want to give that little bit extra and help contribute towards a favorite charity. Myanmar Eco Travels and Tours like to support Charity groups by organizing their tours/treks and contributing a significant proportion of the cost of the holiday to a good cause.