Before packing up your luggage for sustainable tourism, you need to take certain precautionary measures and follow some useful tips to achieve all that you are looking for in your mission to sustainable tourism.
Here are point wise guidelines:
a) When you are packing your luggage check that you do not carry too many plastic wrappers. Sometime you may feel the need to dispose these wrappers and that will go against the very spirit of sustainable tourism. Paper bags, wrappers and jute bags are good options as they are easily degradable and will not cause any environmental damage to your destination.
b) Have a sense of respect for the local culture. Words of courtesy like ‘good morning’,’thank you’, ‘please’ etc. go a long way winning a favorable response in an alien land. Never treat any alien culture or a piece of ritual with a ridiculing attitude no matter how intensely they may look outlandish. A foreign culture may not be familiar to your way of life, but you do not have the right to laugh at it either. Put up a smile on your face wherever you go. You will receive a warm reception from everywhere.
c) Tourists to an alien land are often trapped in the lure of drug peddling and immoral trafficking. Stay away from these temptations laced with vices or else you will be heading for deep trouble.
d) For short distance travels say a stretch of 2 kilometers it is better you go on foot or ride a cycle. Using cars would mean encouraging emission of more of carbon gas into the atmosphere. This is certainly an anti conservatory and irresponsible tourism practice to leave the air all choked up in venom! This you need to avoid. If you can hire battery operated electrical vehicles that would be quite environment friendly.
e) Try to have a grasp of afew local words. You will find an overwhelming welcome from the locals. Your ability to grasp an alien language would matter a lot. Understanding the meaning of the words and using them in the right context would be the most ideal thing to do. A word that seems good to you may carry abusive hints and that certainly would invite trouble.
(f)Whenever you stumble upon local fauna, birds, stray dogs etc do not be overenthusiastic and touch them or feed them. Just leave them as they are.
(g) As a preventive measure against wastage of water and energy especially in hotels you have chosen to stay cut down on your time to shower. Another irresponsible and yet a very common practice is to leave the tap water running while you are in the act of shaving and washing.
(h) Before checking into a hotel, ensure that they have a well defined environment conservation policy. For helping conserve energy unplug your mobile as soon as its battery has taken full charge.
(i)While on a shopping spree, insist on packing your products with recyclable paper or cloth bags instead of plastic packs on which local fauna like cattle might get choked in an attempt to eat it.
(j)If you have planned to drive your own car to your tour destination not far off from your residence take fuel efficient cars. Maintain your car tyre pneumatics at the optimum recommended pressure level. Have a grip on your car filters on regular basis to enhance your car fuel economy. If you are in a traffic bottleneck, turn off your car engine to avoid wastage of fuel and ejection of pollutants.
(k) Upgrade your knowledge about the place of your visit and about the local residents. This fosters cultural exchange and makes you more acceptable to an alien society and is sure a vital stepping stone towards environmental sustenance.
(l)If there is a responsible tourism organization set up in your tour destination lend your support and listen to all what it has to say.
(m) All that your destination has on offer for you may not be painted in a shade of bliss and promise. There may well be portraits of gloom painted in an even more sordid canvas. There may be slums, shabby joints and ghettos with beggars begging and criminals on a prowl. Well, no place is free from them. Just do not show negative reaction but stay alert.