Over-Visited Destinations Are Changing How We Travel
By: Wildland Adventures
Not long ago, international travel was the privilege of the rich and worldly. Today, however, the middle class enthusiastically travels the globe with bucket lists that concentrate attention on the most popular places in the world.
Kurt Kutay is founder and president of Wildland Adventures, he offers 6 Ways to Travel Responsibly in an Age of Over-Tourism (https://ww2.wildland.com/
1. Manage Your Expectations and Emotions
If we allow preconceived notions of the Taj Mahal or Machu Picchu – without crowds -- drive our desire to travel halfway around the world to experience these iconic destinations first hand, we may indeed leave disappointed.
2. Find a Local Connection
Hire a passionate, local guide help to deepen the travel experience while avoiding the 'group think' impact of large tour groups. A good local guide can help skirt the crowds at popular sites and even introduce less-known sites for a unique perspective.
3. Rethink Your Bucket List
Instead of the crowded hilltop towns of Tuscany, try the hills of the Istrian peninsula of Slovenia and Croatia (https://www.wildland.com/
4. Timing Is Everything -- Spend Time at the Right Place
Plan your day at famous sites carefully and be sure to get the latest information as local conditions and regulations change constantly. Plan to tour Dubrovnik before cruise ship passengers disembark, in Cambodia visit Siem Reap before tour buses disgorge, and in Peru arrive at Machu Picchu before the daily trains do.
5. Pay to Play
A great many worthwhile experiences cost more. Whether a part of a private and exclusive event or of a carefully managed ecotour that limits the number of visitors, the extra dollars spent help to protect fragile habitats and visitor experiences.
6. Consider Where You Stay
Your choice of accommodations is one of the most important considerations in minimizing impact on the local environs while maximizing the benefits you bring to the local community. Many hotels, camps, ecolodges, yachts and expedition ships are rated for their level of sustainability.
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