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Responsible travel – how much is my individual responsibility?

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According to the article, Venice has lost residents due to mass tourism

When I think of travel and bucket listing, I generally think of traveling “everywhere,” not limiting myself. But there are a few times when my dedication to responsible bucket listing takes priority (for example, indefinitely delaying the floating sky lanterns list item due to its illegality in my area).

So, when CNN Travel published an article titled “12 destinations travelers might want to avoid in 2018,” it made me reconsider my ideas of bucket list travel.

It’s actually a very interesting read, and despite first appearances, it’s so much more than your everyday clickbait. Here’s the summary, in case you don’t have time to read the whole article.

The Big Picture

People who live, work, and govern several famous destinations are concerned with the large numbers of tourists that come every year (and in some places, every day).

Here are a list of some of the concerns:

  • increased demand on infrastructure that wasn’t set up for that many people
  • challenge of preserving history and culture while being over crowded
  • impact on the natural environment
  • growing economic dependence on the tourist industry
  • crowding out or pricing out local residents

Because of these concerns, these places use strategies to reduce tourism. This could include charging access fees, putting limits on the total number of visitors, and adding restrictions like requiring guides or showing proof of return airline tickets.

The article also makes suggestions for each of the places it lists, including tips for “if you must go” and similar alternatives if you choose to skip a place altogether.

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The article reports the Galapagos Islands have added rules to protect the habitat

My Thoughts (for now, still forming)

In general, recommendations seem to come down to respect for people and places when you travel, wherever you travel.

But I realize that while individually, each person could be respectful, as a whole, the sheer number of travelers could still be overwhelming the culture, economy, environment, etc. It might be similar to “If everyone took only one flower from this garden, pretty soon, there would be no flowers left” (something my mom used to have to say to me).

Because of this, I’m wondering where the line is regarding my individual responsibility and what to consider when deciding where I’ll travel. It’s something I’m still figuring out.

Your thoughts…

What does “responsible travel” mean to you? What do you think about avoiding certain places because of the impact on that place and its people? Leave a comment.

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Birthday Giveaway!

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March is my birthday month! So I thought I’d celebrate by giving… one free nutrition coaching session for a woman who loves travel!

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a dietitian (becoming one was on my List), and every once in a while I post something wellness related, but recently, I’ve been combining them more in my business, and didn’t want you all to miss out!

I love helping people reach their goals and live the life they dream of. It killed me inside when I saw people in the hospital (where I used to work) having to give up their dreams because of something that would’ve been preventable. I want all of you to achieve a level of wellness that allows you to pursue your goals.

So here’s how it works…

🎈 Nutrition for Travel Coaching Session Birthday Giveaway 🎈

On March 15, 2018, at 10 AM Pacific time, I’ll use a random number generator to pick someone from the Confident Nutrition Travels! email list.

That person will get one free 45 minute nutrition coaching session, via video chat, where we’ll discuss their wellness and travel goals, lifestyle, and work together to create an action plan to help move to those goals.

And everyone who signs up will get first access to the nutrition coaching program I’m creating… and I’ll also send you inspiring wellness and travel info every week.

➡️ Sign up for the list and your chance to win! ⬅️

I’m super excited about this! Be sure to sign up before March 15, 2018, at 10 AM Pacific time!

Birthday Giveaway!


Disclaimer: this coaching session isn’t medical advice. If you need emergency care, contact emergency health providers in your area.

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