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Blog - Post Pandemic Travellers: How to Be More Sustainable.
(written on April 2020)
POST-COVID TRAVELLERS? MORE FRIENDLY WITH ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
The year 2020 has shocked the world in unexpected ways. Travel enthusiasts, for one, can only reminisce by posting their photos online and wait, dreaming of future trips. Yet this waiting time can also be transformed into a time of reflection, a time to look at ourselves in the mirror and understand what we can improve with the “new” world that’s waiting for us after the Covid-19 Pandemics. When it will end, we look forward to fresh scenarios will open up to us.
This big crisis opened our eyes and made us contemplate on our relationship with the environment and society globally. The modern world is crowded with uncountable challenges stemming from substantial issues like climate change, public health and life quality. Subsequently, the new trend for the Travellers are those that really want to be the leading edge and contemporary kind of traveller, it will be - and has to be - sustainable.
WE ARE GOING TO HELP YOU BECOMING A (MORE) SUSTAINABLE TRAVELLER
In line with all these, we’re sharing with you one of our best news for 2020: starting now, the “Travel Handbook” that our clients will receive before their departure (with vouchers, tickets, passes, detailed program with schedule, instructions, contacts and all needed information about their trip) will be enriched with new pages with suggestions and guidelines how to become more responsible towards the environment and the people.
There are no strict rules to follow or impositions that will make the tour neither stiff nor rigid. Instead, they are simple and practical advices that will make trips and tours more pleasant, genuine and in authentic contact with local communities.
OUR SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL TIPS: WHAT TO EXPECT
We started with some advices about how to do souvenir and miscellaneous shopping in a way that is more sustainable for the environment and coherent with local peculiarities. You’ll find also suggestions on tipping and other social behaviors. Some attention is also given to eating local recipes and why it means you’ll be eating better, fresher and more genuine cuisines.
A special section is dedicated to smokers: still many people don’t know that cigarette filters take 18 months to 10 years to biodegrade - imagine how harmful it is to just mindlessly throw them on the ground after smoking.
There are also reminders about the proper behaviors within natural reserves and marine sanctuaries, especially addressing the proper interaction with land animals and sea creatures. We had also some tips to give about waste management and energy saving practices within hotel premises.
Last but not least, we provided also some sort of guidance on social interactions and behaviors. It’s quite an extensive subject, though travelling to the Philippines means having contact also with some different local habits: it’s useful to have some advanced suggestions to travel in harmony with the local society.
AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE: OUR SUSTAINABILITY TIPS ARE PUBLISHED ONLINE!
Our travel tips are not strictly dedicated to our own clients only, they are available to everyone. We made it customized for travelling the Philippines but most of them are useful for travelling anywhere in the world. For this reason, we made it available for everyone. The more readers, the better: click here to read our tips on how you can have a sustainable travel!er.
Since we started Tropical Experience Philippines back in 2013, we constantly made efforts to propose a travel style that is more attentive towards the interaction of the humans and the environment. You can find some detailed description of how we practice them in the “sustainability” section of our website. This year, we also made a further step by proposing an Eco-Tour of the Philippines, a sustainable and low-cost tour focused on the Palawan Province and oriented towards the minimization of environmental impact and the support of local economies.