As a traveler, it's important to remember that the future of every destination we visit is dictated by our actions. If we abide by the local laws and respect our surroundings, then the beauty of the places we visit will not be tainted.
That's why these days, ecotourism is a growing trend in the travel industry. But what does being an ecotourist really entails? Here are some handy tips on how to become one.
Comply with international environmental conventions. Basically, this means that you should not, in any way, smuggle or remove any animals or plants from nature or buy animal objects while traveling. These actions are illegal and can put you in serious trouble with the local authorities.
Leave only footprints during travel. Do not disturb the ecosystem of the destination you're traveling by leaving trash, cigarette buttsm or any objects that might harm nature. If you see any trash lying around, be responsible enough to pick it up. Your small actions will help preserve the beauty of the places you visit in the long run.
Save energy everywhere you go. When leaving the hotel or any accommodation you're staying at, don't forget to turn off the lights or any appliance that might still be running. Don't leave your phone charging for very long periods of time, and rather than having the housekeepers clean your room every day, consider doing them your own.
Adjust to the local culture. Some cultures are less friendly than others, and there are several customs that you must be aware of first before visiting a place. If you're fond of taking pictures, some cultures frown upon having their picture taken without their permission, so make sure to do your research prior to leaving.
Be a good example. If you're traveling with a group that is less informed about eco-travel, be an example by showing them proper conduct while traveling. Spreading the word about responsible travel is always a good way to start, so that more and more people will get on the trend.