An Ecotourist is a tourist who minds the wellbeing of their destination’s environment as much as they care for their enjoyments. Although ecotourism is majorly connected to the natural environment, it also covers the economic, cultural and human aspect of the environment. Ecotourism is the best way of doing tourism and should be embraced by all travellers. Below are some ways of being an effective Ecotourist.
Make it a Habit
Some tourists view ecotourism as an action only practised once you have crossed borders. Although it still serves its purpose, eco-friendliness should be an everyday practice for all of us. This means doing everything you would when travelling in your everyday life. When environmental conservation becomes a norm for you, ecotourism becomes simple and effortless.
Cut down on Plastic Use
Plastic use is the single most dangerous threat to the natural environment. This has seen so many countries propose plastic bans in their nations. If you travel to a country that still uses plastic, try to avoid it as much as possible. You can do this by bringing woven bags for carrying shopped items, reusing liquid and food containers and going for ready-cooked meals over snacks and packed items.
Water is sold in plastic containers almost everywhere in the world. Since water is a basic need, you require lots of it as you travel. If you were to buy water each time you needed it, you would end up producing too much plastic waste. To avoid this, buy water in bulk in refillable containers or simply use tap water as you move.
You may be travelling to a country that is not in the same industrial level as yours, but that should not deter you from using local items. Guaranteed they may not be up to par with what you are used to, but they still work since local people use them. Buy local foods, locally made clothing items, and everything else. You will be promoting local economy thus improving the financial environment of the country.
Avoid Endangered Souvenirs
Having a rare item is an exciting and enticing want most travellers have. After all, we like carrying pieces of places we have travelled as evidence and memories. However, always do your research about the material that was used to make the souvenir you want to purchase. For example, anything made from ivory means a rhino or elephant had to be mutilated or killed. Crocodile tooth pendants or lion skin rags etc. All these imply the harm of an animal one way or another Therefore get items that have no negative environmental impact at all. If not, photographs can be good enough souvenirs.
Do not Litter
This goes without saying. Littering destroys the aesthetic view of a place. You might justify your actions with the argument that your waste is biodegradable, but why destroy the environment in any way, to begin with?
Keep the wild in the wild
You might be travelling through foreign jungles where you find interesting animals or plants. Unless the authorities running the premises allow you to take samples, always leave things in the wild as you find them. This helps in maintaining ecological balance and habitat conservation.
Enjoy the experience
The most part of practising ecotourism is enjoying the new environment you are in. Enjoy the animals, plantation and people. Live in every moment and take in as much as you can.