Friday, January 27th, 2012 | Author:

When it comes what a travel guide tells you and what your green consciousness feels, it’s hard to define exactly what it means to be ‘responsible’ while travelling. If you’re heading to Africa then you’ll most likely have used a plane which adds heavily to the carbon footprint, but that’s unavoidable. So what can you do to stay responsible and still travel with a clean conscious; follow our rough online travel guide and you might just get away with it.

Responsible travel allows local communities to earn fair income from tourism, supporting conservation and local community incentives while limiting the environmental impact of the holiday itself. This sums up the philosophy behind a responsible or sustainable travel experience. What this doesn’t mean you having to ride around the continent on a bike or live in mud huts although that is a recommendation from myself and no doubt your travel tour guide; you can still shack up in luxury Kruger National Park accommodation and be responsible as long as you’re supporting a green conscious lodge. Ecotourism is something of a recent trend that sparked off the conscious traveller yet responsible travel is something with a slight difference. While ecotourism incorporates conserving the physical natural environment and wildlife, responsible travel includes the locals into that bracket. Information in travel guide books are slowly starting to take notice and include ways you can get involved positively with local initiatives; it’s about time.

Essentially the main focus for sustainable travel is the inclusion of the locals. When out on 4 day Kruger Park safaris, consider visiting a local school or village at the same time; a travel guide map should list local villages and places of interest. If you take anything away from this travel guide, to be a responsible traveller doesn’t take much effort; just visiting the country is a boost to the tourism industry which is the lifeblood of a lot of the locals as is. Try benefiting the locals by shopping, eating, travelling and staying local; keeping away from international franchises and sticking to proudly local businesses. I hope this travel guide has opened your mind the possibilities you have to enhance the African continent by simply vacationing.

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