…A respectful visitor of nature. Planning your next vacation, or enjoying a nature getaway already…. Here are 5 things to make your vacay’ more sustainable and for you to be part of the solution!
#1 Be*have like your mum is watching!
Take nothing but pictures, make memories, enjoy the moment but don’t touch please.
For your safety: Nature is beautiful but not always peaceful. Especially if you travel toward exotic destinations you might not know the fauna & flora… it might be wiser to keep hands for yourself ! “Hoo look that cool coral !!!! Wait before you grab that animal because corals and jellyfish are related ! You won’t shake hand/ tentacles with a jellyfish so don’t touch its cousin… because they share the same stinging cells in the family !”
For their safety: we are from different environment than most of the organism we will encounter during our journeys, specially underwater. Organisms living below the surface might not be immune to what we carry on us: cosmetics or natural substances. What can look like an innocent pet might not be harmless….it could easily break a protective layer and open scales or skin tissue to bacteria…
#2 Be prepared, well equiped!
Wear Lycra /rash-guard /diving suit…. clothes with high solar protection when you go in the water instead of sunscreen. Some sunscreen are VERY toxic for the reef (corals are so cool they don’t need your sunscreen: they make their own, homemade).
Bonus: no need for renew appliance every hour 😉 as unlike sunscreen once you put it on, your rash-guard is efficient until you remove it!
Bonus 2 : a lycra is less heavy in the luggage, do not risk to leak during the trip and never gets empty halfway though an holiday!
#3 Be a guest!
Remember that you are invited in that environment, you won’t break your best friend kitchen or leave trash on the sofa because the bin was nowhere to be seen…. Same here, respect and share nature with everyone.
Also you like untouched nature, well like most of us globetrotter so leave it as you find it!
#4 Be a messenger!
Share your amazing experiences to everybody! If people don’t know how cool and beautiful nature is: they won’t care for it! So show them all! Don’t be shy, take pictures, ask professional when you meet them or NGOs, or other sources… There are plenty of people willing to inform you and help you inform others!
Also now more than ever nature needs tourism, people like you! Sustainable tourism funds and drives conservation in so many places! Green taxes, natural parks fees…. But not only, sometime science, conservation project can rely on public for spotting of some animals and photo identification. So unleash that national geographic reporter in you !
#5 Be the change!
When planing your travels value eco-certified business, companies that care for the planet and value sustainable practices. In that way you are showing your support to their actions and pushing on the right side of the balance ! No one is perfect but you know what; conservation might not need 10 perfect eco-travellers it might just need thousands of unperfected ones!