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Blog- Tips for a Sustainable Honeymoon
The attention to “sustainable” or “responsible” weddings is growing. This is good news, since it means that people start to be interested in these topics in such a key moment of their lives. This is important because the premises of a “sustainable life” could influence also the house and the families that these couples are going to build.
It is several years that responsible/sustainable tourism is promoted and we believe this is such a relevant topic also for honeymoons. A honeymoon brings a great chance to visit very far countries, amazing paradises that are considered unique because of their natural beauties. Furthermore, these destinations are often located in Developing Countries.
There are many elements to take into account for the sustainability of your own honeymoon. You don’t need to reduce the uniqueness of your tripe, since there is a link between quality of the services, environmental quality and social responsibility.
Impacts of tourism are very strong if we think that the annual movement of tourists in the world is near 1 billion of units per year. A big movement of people and things, a mix of cultures, pollution, disturbed animals, consumed soils and so on.
As Tropical Experience Travel Services, we tried to define some simple rules, easy to understand and clear, in order to maximize the sustainability of the trips to the Philippines, trying to boost the sensitivity of our guests. Anyway, these rules are valid for any trip (especially in Developing Countries). Here we re-elaborated them in order to make a general synthesis, particularly referring to honeymoons. Maybe we are not going to cover 100% the possible topics, also because of limited availability of space, but we want to try to stimulate a personal useful reflection.
Using an airplane is (almost) unavoidable if you want to reach a tropical destination from Western Countries. By the way, at the local level, you can prefer sailboat trips instead of motorboat tours. Imagine the pleasure of a romantic sunset on the sea, carried only by the wind instead of the noise of the motor and the smell of polluting gasoline.
Choose small family-owned business, so that you will really support locals and not only big resorts, often owned by non-locals and sometimes having a big impact on the coasts.
When you buy souvenirs, pay attention on the place where those are made! Ask, collect information. Take care of not buying “typical products” made in a factory of another country.
If you can, try to privilege local menus with local products. At the same time, be conscious about endangered species and discourage the purchase of illegally harvested fish (using chemicals or explosives, also dangerous for your health). Don’t try to taste endangered species’ meat only for curiosity.
Don’t leave anything but your footprints. Don’t take away such things like shells, sand, stones, plants, even if they would perfectly fit your new living room.
Privilege the choice of ecotourism sites that support local communities (for instance national parks, areas within governmental programs, UNESCO sites, WWF sites). Often, these organizations take care of the most beautiful and authentic areas.
Respect local communities: socialize, but without disturbing and paying attention about not interfering with their culture, because local habits could be quite different than yours. Participate to genuine exhibitions and avoid artificial made-for-tourists ones.
You’re on a special holiday: relax, enjoy your time together, but don’t forget kindness at home. In case your trip will not be 100% perfect, remember that the most important thing is that you had it together.
Pay fair prices: don’t bargain too much for a few cents, even if it is fun. At the same time, don’t give amounts that are too big for local economy.
Discourage any kind of exploitation of other people’s work and any kind of sexual exploitations among people you interact with.
In these advices, sustainable development is realized among the common sense rules. A wedding is also the starting point for the creation of a family and what fits more than sustainable development? Let’s create the necessary harmony for our nice moments and let’s guarantee the same entertainment to future generations!
(written on September 2013)