Characteristics of Sustainable Travel

Many people feel a great desire to travel the world referred to as wanderlust. The motives behind this longing can range from needing a change of scenery to wanting to see the land of one’s ancestors.

While travel has become easier than ever, we must keep in mind that our planet is in danger. Irresponsible tourism is one of the contributors to climate change and environmental damage. If you’re planning another trip, care for the land you visit by practicing sustainable travel.

Sustainable travel is a conscious decision while vacationing to make choices that won’t have negative consequences on foreign land. Characteristics of sustainable travel include:

Caring for the Community

Are you using a travel agency that cares for the country you’re visiting? Many nations struggle with resources such as food or medicine. Some companies create tourist hot spots by destroying forests to build big hotels. Look for a place in which to stay that not only provides you with an enjoyable trip but also cares for the environment.

Respecting Native Cultures

There is beauty in learning about a country’s customs and interacting with natives. Such memories will often stand out the most when you reminisce on your trip. Choose an itinerary that won’t hurt the natives or the land on which they live. It’s the least that can be done for them, as they are welcoming you to their home with open arms.

Shopping Local

Consider purchasing what you need from local marketplaces instead of choosing familiar store names when buying something on your trip. When you support small businesses in these distant countries, you give money to human beings instead of large companies thriving worldwide. This can put a plate of food on the table of a local family.

Sustainable travel does not have to complicate your trip. While it involves modifying a few vacation habits, it also teaches a great deal about the land you are visiting. Enjoy a new adventure without the guilt of climate change by choosing sustainable travel.




Edward McKenzie is an entrepreneur and owner of EMCO Management, LLC, a real estate development and management firm located in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Edward P. McKenzie

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Edward P. McKenzie is a lover of travel & a real estate entrepreneur and Owner and President of EMCO Management, LLC. Visit for the latest!

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