The beginning of the new decade, with the year 2020, is expected to be filled with new adventures. Make a plan of vacation and make this year entirely dedicated to traveling all around the world as much as you can do. Traveling is not just about exploring new places or taking pictures to create a travel blog, but it is also about understanding the destination you are traveling to. So, this year, you can also make some travel plans and make 2020 an unforgettable year.
As people who live on the road of 365 days of the year, you might be fortunate to regularly experience various cultures and environments. It is believed that through the way one travels, the regions or areas he/she decides to visit, and the choices he/she makes on how to spend the money and where one would get a positive impact on communities and families that are not as fortunate as themselves. Travelling opens the doors to a world that is incredibly rewarding and desperately unfortunate. While many people in the real world are more concerned about which new shoes they should wear, or which smartphone would be a great choice.
So, escaping from all these materialistic objects, you should choose some of the best travel destinations to visit in 2020. Thus, while traveling alone, there are various responsibilities which you should keep in mind.
Here are 7 ways to become a responsible traveler in 2020:
1. Be a volunteer of your time
Whether you are traveling for a month or a year, you should always be a volunteer of your time to good causes, and with reputable organizations can make a world of difference. If you have some unique skills like medical care knowledge, an engineering background, or have served in social care, there are a whole abundance of avenues you can pursue to help and put your expertise to good use. But even you are not much qualified, there are several ways to volunteer your time.
By spending a few days while teaching English in rural schools or checking out different animal conservation projects, you may stand yourself as a responsible and sensible traveler.
2. A Deep Thinking Before Acting with Wildlife Activities
When someone makes an overseas plan for a vacation, he/she may have several exotic dreams like riding elephants, swimming with dolphins, or having their photos taken with tigers. Still, these activities of people might be very irresponsible, and it can do more harm to them. As everybody knows that wildlife tourism is a big business and that is why most of the travel operators think about their profit only by selling wildlife packages. You should remember that for one hour of your entertainment, it can contribute lifetime distress for the animals. So, try to avoid these kinds of traveling and be a responsible traveler.
3. Respect the Local Culture
While traveling, one of the most significant rewards you can find is verities of culture and religions. In this world, people are diverse and fascinating, and it would be an astonishing feeling if you get a chance to experience some local cultures. When you are traveling somewhere, always try to maintain a manner to react to local places and things. Do not visit anywhere with an egotistical feeling regarding your place. Your place might be far better than that particular place. So, real and responsible travelers are those who always respect other places, people, cultures, and religions while traveling.
4. Shop Locally
While traveling, when it comes to eating, sleeping, and buying souvenirs, you should choose some right decisions where and how to spend your money. Your shopping can also have a significant impact on the local community. When you have your dinner and lunch in a restaurant, stay in a guest house, or purchase a trinket from a street vendor, you are helping in the growth of the local economy. This help of yours can also lead to a better life for others. This aspect of traveling can also help you to be a responsible traveler in 2020.
5. Minimize Your Waste
In most of the developing countries, waste management can be a major issue. Unknowingly, most of the travelers themselves contribute to this problem. When it comes to recycling and minimizing waste, the education levels in other countries may not be the same as what we receive back home. So, if you take your step to help out the environment, it would impact much for others too. Try to avoid plastic bags while traveling. If there is a chance to eat and drink in the café or restaurant, eat your food rather than taking them with you. Carry a reusable water bottle with you because you can fill them up anytime.
6. Choose Sustainable Accommodation and Tour Operators
Before the plan of your vacation, you may get thousands of options available for you regarding accommodations and tour operators. But, before choosing any place or hiring a tour guide, you should check and investigate the reputations and records. Many people who have lots of money often book a luxurious staying place. This is not the job of a responsible traveler. A responsible traveler would never spend his/her night in a luxurious bed rather than traveling more and more. So, if you have planned any vacation in 2020, try to follow this step.
7. Do Not Give to Beggars
Being a human being, it is obvious to show some respect and sympathy for the street beggars of that place where you are traveling. But it is important to know that begging only motivates more local people to ask by the tourists. These activities of beggars often distract and disappoint many travelers. That is why several countries have restricted begging. However, if you want to help them out, you can simply buy them some food and drinks.
So, try to follow all these tips and tricks while traveling in 2020. I hope your 2020 holiday vacation would be great. Thus, to be a responsible traveler in 2020, you need to come with a new resolution.