Eco Travel

Get there – in a safe and environmentally sound way:

  • Protest if your taxi/bus is emitting excessive smoke. Refuse to ride in such vehicles if you have an alternative.
  • Car-pool whenever possible. It reduces your contribution to pollution and is economical way to travel.
  • Use motor vehicles only as far as necessary. Use bicycles and walk where possible – these are better ways of enjoying the scenery and healthier too.
  • Ask your driver to refrain from using the horn unnecessarily. It is rude and ruins everyone’s peace.
  • Keep your travel-generated trash with you for proper disposal at appropriate points along your route. Remember – trash by the roadside is an eyesore to all and bad for environment.

Learning about the place, sharing what you know; there is always more to a place than you knew :

  • Access as much literature as you can, about your destination before you depart. It is always more enjoyable if you are prepared.
  • Local Nature reserve / Park officials are excellent sources of information-do not hesitate to ask questions.
  • If you can, hire the services of local licensed guides. They can offer you personalized service aimed at your specific area of interest.
  • If you can, take plenty of photographs, or carry a video- camera. Remember that visual images are the best way to share your experiences with your family and friends back home.
  • Wherever possible, write about the place and all that you enjoyed and discovered. After all, the less ignorance around, the better it is for conservation.

Finding the right place to stay You should preferably stay in hotels/ guesthouses / Camps which:

  • Offer site-sensitive accommodation that is not wasteful of local resources or destructive to the environment and rather is inclined to protect threatened areas, species and scenic aesthetics.
  • Practice energy conservation.
  • Reduce wasteful consumption and recycle waste.
  • Practice fresh- water management and control sewage disposal.
  • Control and deminish air emissions and pollutants.
  • Monitor, control and reduce noise levels.
  • Avoid or control environment – unfriendly products, such as asbestos, CFCs and toxic pesticides.
  • If electricity is unavailable, use energy-efficient fuel stoves.

Duplicated, in national interest from Asia’s Nature magazine.