I was asked to contribute my thoughts on this very important topic and how we should be looking to travel moving forward. The Ethical Tourist, by Tamsin Oxford, for the Mail and Guardian. Read the full article.
“Local and international travellers with an ethical stance are basing their travel destination choices on everything from human rights and equality to improved working conditions and environmental issues,” says Dawn Jorgensen, editor of The Incidental Tourist. “Travellers don’t want to be seen supporting controversial countries and feel that social issues are of real importance when choosing where to go.”
Jorgensen predicts that ethical travellers will look for sustainable experiences in their destination choices in the future while accommodation providers will look to reducing their plastic usage and increasing their sustainable credentials. It is a thought process echoed across local and international reports and statistics — travellers want to feel as if they have lived something worthwhile and not just left behind a dark mark that will take centuries to erase. This has led to more than one top 10 list of ethical destinations, all selected for their ability to benefit people and the environment — and South Africa isn’t on any of them.
“If you’re turning a blind eye to exploited communities, leave the air-conditioner on when you leave the room, aren’t carrying a reusable water bottle and think that interacting with wild animals is acceptable, you’re not an ethical or conscious traveller,” concludes Jorgensen.
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