Many people desire to go on tours and vacations to different sites and with the increasing consciousness of people to the different tourist destinations across the globe, the term responsible tourism becomes an important factor to consider.
The increasing access to travels has raised questions on what the tourist do during their vacation. While they are still planning on how best to enjoy their travel, they have to think of how to leave their footprints at their destination. This can be some really challenging thing.
Some suggestions are made her on how to help you enjoy your vacation while still being a noble global citizen.
Patronize the local market
Responsible tourism is not just about positive impact of tourism on the ecosystem. It goes beyond that. Responsible tourism encompasses much more than that. It also has to have a positive impact on the local market and the local community. Tourist should not only patronize big malls and industrial factories. They should also visit the local market and patronize them. Usually, industries disrupts local market during tourists'' visit and make the local markets run at a disadvantage due to the lack of patronage.
Patronizing the local market gives you, as a tourist, the opportunity to walk around the local street, experience local traditions, have a taste of local delicacies, visit local stores and get to really just experience the local way of life of the natives.
Asides the fact that purchasing from the local market gives you fresh food, it also keeps you in good health as you consume healthy, fresh food.
Patronizing the local market also helps establish the petty traders in the area and this will encourage them to continue being in business. Lodge in a privately owned accommodation Corporation and big organization do not just take over the local market, they also take over the hotel and accommodation sector of the economy in tourist sites. The big organizations and companies attract the tourists thereby almost chasing the locals out of business.
TTo secure the security of the local economy, tourists should look out for local inns and hotels which are strictly owned by the locals in the area. This shows a sign of respect for the support for the local market and the local businesses.
Another advantage to this is that, generally, the locals employ environmentally friendly practices. The staff in such small local inns are the local people and they get their materials from the local market as well. This ensures the circulation of money around the locals and not just the big companies.
The dishes served at the local inns and hotels are also very rich and are true representative of the local culture. As a tourist, it also gives you the opportunity to interact and relate with the natives and learn the local way of life and even the language if the tourist is interested.