The Environmental impacts.
Travel, something that everyone does, something that we all love, we do it out of fun and most times out of necessity.We would wish to believe that travel is good,and there can be no fault in travel. We are contributing to the livelihoods of the communities that we visit after all. We have volunteered, bought sovenoirs and we even end up learning that amazing technique that the Maasai men use to jump so high.We talk about how we have enriched ourselves by learning all about new cultures. We think that we are doing good and clap for ourselves, pat our backs maybe? We do not look back at the impact we created… We are back home boasting about how we climbed the Kilimanjaro, ate fish from Kisumu and how we danced at a Giriama cultural festival.
The truth is; the thrill and the prestige that comes with travel has gotten into our minds and made us so dense that we cannot realize the real problem. When it’s all said and done, how have we negatively affected the world-the environment? Remember that sweet wrapper that you threw on the street after eating because someone was going to clean it up? Remember the number of plastic bottles you bought instead of using the glass at the dispenser? What is your carbon footprint? How much non-biodegradable trash have you left behind? How many times did you smoke and leave your cigarette butts in undesignated areas? Do you remember when you went to the beach and complained about the filthy ocean?
As a traveler you have to be extremely conscious; try to buy local goods and eat at local restaurants, choose green accommodation, avoid bottled water, travel light, avoid flying if you can(flying has the largest carbon footprint in the atmosphere), don’t engage in unethical activities and go in off season(Go to the attractions when few people are visiting). In these few steps you can reduce the pressure that travel puts on a landscape and on the environment. You can reduce the amount of trash that the ocean faces every time that you don’t throw trash irresponsibly you can save a life.
The Traveling Mindset.