Would you visit this spot if you couldn’t take a photo?
The significance of this mountain to Maori – the indigenous people of New Zealand is huge. The ecosystem here is very fragile .. as is in many parts of New Zealand (and the world over). Cultural and environmental customs should be practiced when visiting any sites of significance. Are these things something you would research before visiting?
The world of travel is changing and @kathmandugear have a new documentary where they ask .. what kind of traveller are you? Are you #helpfulorharmful ? Link is in my bio!
This short three-part documentary explores the impact our booming travel industry has on the people and places they visit, and what we can do to make better choices when travelling. I absolutely recommend you spare just a few minutes to watch the series and take away some really valuable tips and information when it comes to travelling in this day and age.
Some of the findings show that:
· There is expected to be 1.8 billion global tourist arrivals by 2030.
· 46% travelled to tick places off their bucket list, with just 1 in 4 having sought authentic local travel experiences
· US$5 out of US$100 spent on vacation actually stays in the developing countries economy (foreign-owned tour operators, airlines etc take most)
Pretty sad right?
More importantly, some things we can do to be a helpful traveller include:
· Travel to Learn .. research basic customs and cultural practices of the country you’re visiting
· Visit one place you haven’t read about online on your next adventure
· Care for the environment .. some flora and fauna takes years to grow and even long to regenerate if damaged
· Make a positive impact .. choose local, ethical operators for tours, accommodation, activities and souvenirs to positively impact the local economy
· Carbon offset your flight. The cost is usually small but has a big impact.
Please check out the link in my bio, and let me know your thoughts on #helpfulorharmful travel