6 Ways to Support Regenerative Tourism
What is better than a traveler? A responsible traveler. We have all supported sustainable tourism and now comes the even larger concept of regenerative tourism. It is focused on not just preserving and sustaining the beauty that already exists, but more important, it embraces the challenge of restoring and healing everything that has suffered, and regenerating all that has been depleted, threatened, or worst, extinct. How can you help in this mighty cause? Below are six of our best ideas.
1. Make healthy purchases.
Souvenirs are part of any travel experience but always think about what you are buying and where they came from. The most obvious recommendation is to never purchase anything made of corals and other ruined habitats, as well as animal products like reptile skins, tortoise shells, or fur. Who cares how pretty these items look? This promotes depletion and only aggravates the problem!
2. Support the local economy.
Don't laugh, but there are people who go on vacations and hardly step out of their hotel rooms. And when they do, it is to go to the same coffee shop or restaurant that they have back home. It goes without saying that these people are also more likely to converse and hang around only with others that are also from their side of the world. There is so much more to traveling than this!
Go to the local places and taste authentic food cooked with ingredients that came from the farmers from the village. Explore local shops, support local trade, and buy locally made crafts. Choose homestays and learn more about the people: see how they live, how they interact, and how they find people from your side of the world. This is not only about regenerative tourism and giving back to the local community, but also about you having a transformative travel experience.
3. Give in the right way.
Sure, everyone wants to help local communities, but what does real helping look like? It can take many forms but creating a culture of dependency and encouraging begging are definitely not included.
With regenerative tourism, communities are empowered to help themselves and travelers can easily lend a hand by supporting local organizations that generate jobs for the villagers, those that look after the children and elderly, or that which preserve culture, like our local partner in Bali, The Five Pillar Foundation.
4. Minimize plastic use.
Almost 10 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year and they are not going anywhere from there! Let us be more eco-friendly and smarter about the use of plastic. Opt for products that can be reused like steel water bottles, tote bags, and bamboo straws. Yes, these take space on your luggage but take one for the world, will you?
5. Choose sustainable activities…
Look for enjoyable activities that do not pollute or use energy. Anyone up for hiking, swimming, and mountain biking? All of these take you outdoors and create wonderful memories for you without using an awful lot of resources. Even better, join activities that directly contribute to regenerative tourism like tree planting, ocean clean-ups, and arts and culture festivals.
6. Choose responsible tour providers.
Incredible destinations have something in common - there is no shortage of tour providers. So make an informed choice. Select responsible operators, those that contribute to regenerative tourism in their own small way, such as Sepeda Bali that support small organic local coffee farms in Bali.
You can do so much as a responsible traveler: Pick organizations that protect and preserve nature, wildlife, cultural heritage, and indigenous people. Support businesses that prioritize sustainability and invest in local guides that observe regional laws and customs. Give your money to environment-friendly establishments that work not only towards sustainability but, more important, towards restoration, regeneration, and creating solutions.
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