It’s October! And you know what that means…
And you know what really scares me?
Poor segue aside, overtourism genuinely scares me. To me, travel done right is an almost perfect industry. People visit destinations because of their beauty and charm. The most popular travel pics on Instagram aren’t photos of polluted or overcrowded destinations, they are of pristine water, clean mountains, colorful cities. The more polluted the destinations are the less people want to visit them.
And that’s why tourism is incredibly important.
Tourism makes it in the destination’s best interest to preserve and protect. Well-preserved areas mean more tourists. More tourists mean more money. But sometimes areas get to be too popular. And no matter how destinations try to accommodate more and more tourists, there is a physical limit to how many people can fit in an area.
Cities can fill to their maximum capacity just from the local population. But when tourists arrive, cities can be pushed to their limits. Overtourism has gotten so bad in some places that locals have protested!
It is our responsibility as sustainable travelers to make sure we don’t contribute to overtourism or damaging ecosystems. Here are a few ways we can help combat overtourism.
Last week was amazing.
I already miss the beach. The soothing salt water, the prodigious wildlife, the fresh-caught seafood. But I’m not here to complain about missing St. Pete Beach, I’m here to talk about sustainable beach vacations.
To be honest, when I think of sustainable vacations, beach getaways don’t jump to mind. Too many resorts and hotels proliferate in overdeveloped areas, and too many are built without respecting the environment.
Fortunately, there are ways to make your next beach trip more sustainable! While I didn’t follow all of these tips on my own trip (sorry, camping), I know they’ll help “green” your next beach vacation!