Responsible travel, otherwise known as 'sustainable tourism', is the term referred to tourists travelling to another destination and making a conscious effort to make a positive impact on the local environment, society, and economy. These efforts often involve local transportation, accommodation, entertainment, recreation, food, and shopping.
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Examples of Irresponsible Travel
Cruise Ship Tourism is a perfect example of irresponsible travel.
Often the destination of cruise ship itineraries involves small island nations of which a majority are experiencing underdevelopment.
Whilst tourism may be a major income for these small communities, the volume to which tourists come and go, is not sustainable or beneficial.
Cruise ships bring people in the masses to these small islands, and with masses, come demands. With demands, come the loss of culture but also overconsumption, commercialization, and disregard to the people living within these communities.
Tourists leave just as fast as they come to these islands, leaving their environmental footprint behind, as well as other significant development impacts.
People cannot fully immerse themselves into a culture in the small amount of time that a cruise itinerary allows. With a lack of awareness and understanding, brings along many other detrimental issues and impacts to these vulnerable communities.
Irresponsible tourism within tour companies and large groups can also be seen through companies such as 'Contiki' and 'Top Deck'.
In addition to this, volunteer travel companies such as 'International Volunteer Headquarters' (IVHQ) and 'Plan my Gap Year' have significant detriments to the communities they work within. For more information click the link below.
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