‘Go responsible’ is the new norm in tourism

Published on : Saturday, November 28, 2020

Natasha Mittal manages a travel blog and she brags of an admirable number of YouTube subscribers. Associated with a newly found start-up that deals with e-waste, she understood that our Mother Earth is in desperate need of benevolent souls who can work with complete dedication in minimizing carbon footprint. She practices sustainable travel and advocate on the same. The best part is, she has other friends by her side with the same mindset.

There are more travelers like her, in spite of not having a huge blog or a social media following list, considers that the responsibility lies on the travelers who need to be watchful and turn traveling into an eco-friendly pursuit.

It has become a common trend these days as the millennials in India are getting jobs quite early in their career and thereby investing their disposable income in exploring their love for travel. Their pursuit of happiness has developed tourism economy at offbeat destinations all over India that remained undiscovered for long. However, not everything is hunky dory.

With increasing numbers of travel enthusiasts, there is a new threat that has surfaced, pristine lakes are getting polluted, rare flora and fauna are disappearing, nature being getting destroyed like anything. All of these pinpoint towards over-tourism.

Exactly here Natasha and similar folks are leading a silent movement. This breed of travelers considers that nature should be conserved for our future generations and as a result, changing the way people used to travel.

3 steps that they are adapting:

Minimizing carbon footprints
Traveler Mayank Kanj, all set of a trekking expedition Spiti Valley in February 2021. To quote Mayank, “The first step is carrying your own water bottle. There are plenty of packaged bottles available, but there aren’t enough recycle bins along the roads. Even if you dump it in a bin, chances are it might end up in a pristine mountain river due to systematic flaws. When the bottle gets empty, you can always fill it from a nearby spring or café.”

Prefer homestays
Besides personalized services, local culture and a comfortable at the same time traditional accommodation like putting up at a homestay helps in conserving the ecology. To quote Suresh Sharma who runs a homestay at Fagu near Shimla said,” When hotels run commercially, they source everything right from vegetables to furniture from big traders or brands who give them a wholesale price. But for homestay owners like me who have four rooms, I have to buy everything local because I don’t qualify for bulk purchases.”

Request hotels to follow eco friendly steps
Hotels are more and more getting careful about their carbon footprint. For instance, Sarovar Hotels and Resorts have stopped plastic-packaged water bottle usage across properties in India. Many renowned groups are following the same steps.

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