Responsible Travel - More Than Just A Trend

Fragile environments like Andaman islands and the coral reefs surrounding them have already started degrading.

Fragile environments like Andaman islands and the coral reefs surrounding them have already started degrading.

“As a responsible traveler and professional travel blogger, I want these treasures of India last as long as possible.” says travel blogger Shubham Mansignka.

He’s among that new generation of Indian men who are following their hearts and do not lose sense of their responsibilities towards their profession along the way. He further ruminates that how the addition of a single road changes the lifestyle that had been established since centuries, and while it brings money along with a lot of tourists the locals almost always lose their culture. This now prompts him to travel sometimes without revealing the name of the place to his thousands of followers.

Today, when travel has been glamorised beyond limits, it has become a challenge for the natives of a place as well to keep up with the influx of tourists. As a result, it is up to the visitor to share their burden, or to put it bluntly, to behave like a nice guest and leave.

DOW community members during their 'Clean Kasol' drive.

DOW community members during their 'Clean Kasol' drive.

Also, as observed on the blog specializing in the Indian Himalayan region, Devil on Wheels, Ladakh is probably one of the top negative examples of what widespread publicity can do to a place. Most of the times they urge travelers to read about their responsible travel initiatives only to find that just handful of people land up on those pages. There is a simple request – to stop killing the planet every time you go on a vacation.

While social media has played a colossal role in promoting tourism throughout, and being a travel blogger seems to be a newfangled career of choice for many, only a few realize the kind of duties it calls for. Having thousands look upto you is not just about showing them pretty mountains and sand, but also about creating awareness en route.

We urge you to explore and see all the different ways in which people live across the globe. But, as wise humans of the present generation we also urge you to act more mature and think about the place you’re visiting. Many tourist places are environmentally sensitive areas, and if you’re being offered the luxury of the amenities you receive back home, it’s usually at the expense of interrupting the natural balance of the region; because the locals don’t live like the way you live in cities. Just because the money coming along with you is helping them develop, don’t be reckless about their surroundings.

The Blue Yonder, Spiti Ecosphere, Tsermang, Responsible Tourism India are few examples of companies taking initiatives in creating better immersive itineraries than the ones being mass offered. It's time to change our habits, bit by bit.