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The tourism we dream of

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The tourism we dream of

The tourism we dream of is solidary. Luke in the Mexico project.

Traveling is our life. For us there is nothing better than taking the backpack, going to the airport and embarking on an adventure! Immerse ourselves in other cultures. But we are realists: we know that it is not sustainable to continue traveling the way we do. Today, world tourism day, in Tumaini We reflect on what the tourism we dream of would be like. These are our 5 keys:

1 The tourism we dream of empowers the local community

We have seen it in countries like Bolivia, India or Kenya. Tourists stay in international hotels or eat in large chains. that does not give no benefit to the indigenous community, but to large multinationals that have hundreds of offices around the world. What's the point?

The tourism we dream of empowers the people who live in the countries we visit. For this, travelers and travelers have to become aware and always choose the local option when we consume Do we need accommodation? We go to a small hostel. We are hungry? We go to a local restaurant. Do we want to buy gifts? In a small store.

And of course, in the tourism we dream of no child labor, labor exploitation or sex tourism. We denounce these terrible practices.

The tourism we dream of benefits local communities.
Benefit local communities. Photo in one of the projects Kenya.

 

2 The tourism we dream of respects the environment

More and more people are traveling the world. In 2017, 1.322 million people made international trips, representing an increase of 7%, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The passage of so many people through natural environments has its consequences. Sometimes, visiting places like the jungle or the beach harms the fauna and flora. Others, tourists leave millions of pieces of waste in their wake, or commit irresponsible practices such as: staying on the coast; waste large amounts of water or feed the animals.

The tourism we dream of puts respect for the environment above all else. Limit the visit of people to a certain place so as not to harm it. If necessary, close the entrance of tourists until the environment recovers, as Thailand already did with the island of Koh Tachai in 2016. And, in addition to laws, prohibitions and fines, travelers have to be aware and respect the maximum the sites they visit.

Tourism should not harm the environment or archaeological jewels such as Machu Picchu.
Tourism should not harm the environment or sites like Machu Picchu.

3 The tourism we dream of protects cultures

We don't like “tourists”. People who dress up in traditional costumes just to ask for money for a photo. The "shows" that they show traditions, dances or music as if they were merchandise. The phenomenon is called "commodification of culture" and it is about adapting traditions to the taste of tourists. We also don't like people who travel imposing truths. With the superiority of thinking that their culture is better, more advanced.

The tourism we dream of protects local cultures and traditions. It is not that they are immovable, since they are a living element of society. What we would like is that, on the one hand, governments protect their cultural heritage more: give aid to local artists, open schools, museums, etc. And, on the other, travelers should be more critical and respectful.

Do not collaborate with the exploitation of animals. Very close photo of the Bali project
Do not collaborate with the exploitation of animals. Photo very close to the project Bali

 

4 The tourism we dream of does not exploit animals

Bathing with dolphins Riding elephants. See a sea lion show. Visit a temple with tigers. They are very irresponsible practices that thousands of tourists carry out every year. What is behind them? Abuse and exploitation.

The tourism we dream of does not exploit any living being. It could be just the opposite. Do safaris or visit rescue centers in a respectful way and that the profit is invested in the welfare of the animals.

Festival to spread Tibetan music and dance in India project.
Festival to spread Tibetan music and dance in the project of India.

 

5 The tourism we dream of is solidarity

Imagine everything that could be achieved if thousands and thousands of tourists take advantage of their trips to countries of the South to support small NGOs.

The tourism we dream of has a solidarity part. Means dedicate part of the trip to collaborating with projects that help local communities, native animals or the natural environment.

And you? What is the tourism you dream of? Happy International Tourism Day! 🙂 

elephant sanctuary
Elephant Sanctuary.

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