Many times when we travel we take into account many variables, such as interesting places, weather, accommodation, or the social life of the destination. But rarely, we reflect on the impact of our vacations.
Now we are going to leave you a series of keys to be a responsible tourist in Cornwall:
Whenever possible, choose tour operators, airlines, and hotels that respect the environment.
Be informed about the destination
Every place has its own history, culture, and natural values, and we should inform ourselves about them in order to know how to behave without harming them. In addition to investigating the current legislation to avoid any mishap.
Consume resources responsibly
Use natural resources such as water, electricity, or gas responsibly, only consume what you need.
Reduce our waste
Do not throw garbage. Keep them with us until we find a suitable place to dispose of them (garbage cans, containers, etc.).
It is advisable to bring reusable containers, such as bags or bottles, so you will generate less waste.
Use public and/or non-motorized means of transport
Use local or collective public transport whenever possible, as this will help to protect the environment. If possible, use non-motorized means of transport, such as bicycles.
Sometimes it’s not even possible to bring your own bicycle or even your daughters houten poppenwagen in public transport, so be aware of that.
Do not alter the natural environment
Observe wildlife from a distance without disturbing it, do not pluck flowers or plants, and do not buy souvenirs or products made from endangered species. In natural areas, and especially in protected areas, always try to follow the trails.
There are areas where silence is very important, even in natural parks, keep the wildlife quiet and we will be able to enjoy the sound of nature.
Carry out actions that respect the environment
Do not take “souvenirs” from natural and archaeological sites. Do not damage the environment with graffiti or unsustainable activities, such as 4×4.
Respect the local culture
Establish correct and cordial relations with local populations, without prejudice. When you arrive at your destination, always try to adapt to local customs and habits, without imposing your own habits and lifestyles.
People are not part of the landscape, it is advisable to ask their permission before taking pictures of them.
Consume local products
Support cultural manifestations and local craftsmanship.
Reflect on the trip
When you return home reflect on what you have seen and met. If you have made commitments to local people (sending postcards, photos, or other small favors), try to keep them.
If you have witnessed serious and intolerable situations, report them to your travel agent or tour operator, or to the appropriate authorities.
We hope these tips will help you to be a more responsible tourist.