Many travelers are still confused about sustainable tourism and sustainable travel and we don’t blame you. It is tough to navigate between the messages, hotel certifications and news out there. But really we do know what it is and we love to share what we know! If you know Jimmy, you will know that he is a sharing kinda guy! So if you are unclear, no fault for yours the messages these days are confusing and hard to follow. So lets see if we can shed some light on sustainable tourism. Whether or not you think it is important is up to you. For us it is our number one, numero uno priority.
Sustainable travel and tourism is pretty simple
Sustainable travel is looking out for suppliers who are protecting and taking these four factors into consideration. Environmental, human, financial and cultural factors of the countries that deliver the travel services. The planet. In its totality. Everything that makes up the planet as we know it.
Eco travel is concerned with the environment only, Sustainable travel takes the environment, the people who live and work in the country, economic factors of the local travel area, and cultural factors into consideration.
So when you travel, look after the environment of your destination as if it was your own, buy local, play local, purchase locally and support locally. Do as the Romans do and find out what the culture of your destination is all about.
As the globe gets smaller many visitors expect other countries to mirror their home country. Half the fun of travel is the discovery, the understanding, the learning and appreciation of how other cultures, countries, environments exist. When you dig deep into the cultural psyche of a new country or even a neighboring state, it is fascinating to see how people live, eat, work, and build community.
Sustainable travel and sustainable tourism opens up these experiences to you. It really opens up your heart to other ideas and new ways of seeing things.
How can you apply sustainable tourism and travel principles?
Tree hugging certification is not required. Sustainable travel has been around for a long time and sustainable tourism was a belief held by many generations just not labeled as such.
From the minute you book your flight to discovering ways get to your hotel, to choosing your hotel and planning your vacation, you can choose the sustainable way or….not. Check the environmental and human resource policies of your airline. Check the building practices of your accommodations and their waste, energy and water management. Find local tours that use local guides. Choose tours that highlight the local flora and fauna. That could be the mountains, the ocean, fresh water systems, snow, sun….your destination will determine the highlights.
Talk to people. Talk to people who live in the area you are traveling to, talk to people once you arrive. Residents and travelers love to share their insights and discoveries. Just because something is number 1 on Google does not mean it is the best sustainable choice. Dig a bit deeper and get real opinions from real people who share similar beliefs.
Casa de las Olas believes in sustainability and practices it
I have never seen Jimmy hugging a tree but he is passionate about sustainable tourism. Local he knows and local is what he chats about and recommends. His continued focus at Casa de las Olas is the environment, the staff, the great guests that add to the culture of Casa de las Olas and buying local; whether it be food, furniture or fruit. If you are at Casa de las Olas on a Saturday, the first thing that comes up is Market Day, organic market day in Tulum and Jimmy will captivate you with his description of the granola, greens and sprouts that are all organic and can only be purchased on a Saturday.Think of Jimmy as your one stop sustainable travel and tourism guy and guide. He has done his research and guests get the rewards!
If you like sustainable travel and tourism do a shout out on Facebook and like Casa de las Olas. We are sustainable in every way and no tree hugging is required. It is just about enjoying a super vacation in a super interesting town in a super interesting country where some of the most beautiful beaches in North America are at your doorstep!