People belonging to tourist destinations are genuinely nice hosts. This is one of the reasons that such destinations become popular among tourists and travellers. But when the hosts are that good, the guests need to be responsible too right?
Well, this responsible behaviour is not witnessed most of the times at such places which in turn leads the hosts to dislike the guests. So what really happens?
A group of tourists or travellers come to a tourist destination to quench their thirst for wandering. They click pictures, take selfies, eat, drink and live those moments to the fullest. They have fun indeed and then go back to where they came from, to their regular lives.
Do you know what is left behind? Garbage littered all over the place, private properties trespassed, girls verbally abused on sexual grounds, hotel and restaurant staff misbehevaed with, nature violated in innumerable ways and a lot other stuff which the hosts have to deal with. It’s like a house party where after the guests leave, the hosting place is a mess but instead of a room or a hall, these are whole towns we are talking about.
Not every traveller behaves this way but trust me, most of them do and this needs to stop. It may be a tourist destination for you but it is our home. It is not Delhi or Mumbai for a reason and the reason is its natural being kept intact for you to experience it to the fullest.
Tourism has become a magnificent industry in the recent times. Every other person is a traveller today. It is just like the 70s are back. Exploring new cultures, getting to know people and places, it’s wonderful but only when done responsibly.
Travel and tourism is trending today and it is about time that responsible tourism is given the hype it deserves. So what can be done? Here are a few points which should be kept in mind before visiting a travel destination so that the wandering is fun and responsible at the same time.
- Respect the local culture and try to blend with it rather than bend it to suit you.
- Respect the privacy of the people. You are on a holiday, they aren’t.
- NEVER (and I mean it strongly as to capitalise) litter the places you visit. Always carry a garbage bag with you and dunk it into a bigger one put up by the municipal corporation wherever you find it.
- Be nice to the people who are putting an effort to make your holiday as comfortable as possible for you.
- Respect what nature has given you and nature will provide you with everything you need.
- Be civil. This means no eve-teasing incidents being instigated by you whatsoever. If people don’t feel safe in their own hometown, you are seriously ruining life for them.
Yes, it is a lot to process but responsible tourism needs as much attention today as the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or the Beti Bachao Abhiyan. We need to protect the places we truly love and it is high time we save them to be protected in the future. Yes, we are the ‘travel generation’ but let’s not waste our land for the sake of it. Travel is freedom, only when done responsibly.