From natural disasters, terrorist attacks, economic wars to pandemic biological disasters; the tourism industry has suffered enough of the negative impacts over the centuries. Still what we are struggling to describe is the movement of people for a reason, which was practiced well over even during the Egyptians who had tour guide services or hosting a river cruise dinner couple of thousands of years ago.
The 21st century was not limited to none other than the economic aspects when travelling.
Traveling is Everything
In the modern day with the wealth that the world community willing to spend and contribute, can support in many ways from changing the poverty and to uplift the sustainability of the world. To balance off the current world requirement , there is always a price tag. However, being the conscious traveler why not support the local tourism which will enhance the global tourism with its local ambassadors in this much needed time?
Let’s see what you can really do to uplift the local tourism.
There can be astonishing destinations within the country that you are craving to travel by simply triggered by some Instagram pics. You might have a real urgency to tick off international destinations, but are you sure that you can do it right now?
Well, explore the local destinations which will amaze you and will keep your satisfaction alive. This will definitely tick off your bucket list of local destinations which will help to circulate money within the local community too.
Who does not like a comfy ride? From a limousine to average car would fulfil the need of a traveller to get to a destination. Support the local providers: tuk tuks, rickshaws to canoes and boats will give you life time experience while contributing to the individual local operators. Do not miss the Sri Lanka unique train experience by any cost.
Choose your travelling mode carefully while your travelling locally. It could be the cheapest way too.
Despite you’re a Business, Solo, Family, bag backer or a corporate traveler you will be asked or directed to certain entities to purchase your requirements. True enough, what they are trying to show you the best option.
But, thinking in a global scale, sustainability has its own definitions. One would be supporting the local community.
By buying local goods such as local vegetables, local fruits and herbs might bring you the best taste of local delicacies ever. Local vendors prices can be tricky but most of the time it can be less than the super markets that you visit. Try to purchase local if you are a responsible traveler who look forward to support the local tourism.
Here is list for you, if your thinking what to buy local.
- Vegetables and fruits
- Spices and Herbs
- Meat and Fish
- Locally produced Clothes (Handmade most of the time)
- Locally produced Accessories (Avoid exotic or animal products)
- Hand Crafts (Represents and unique to its native culture)
- Jewellery and Gems
You might not find the best steak house with your favorite wine when you travel overseas. Unless your that high spender seeking the specific and expensive experience, try out the local cuisines. Every continent has its unique flavor in the food, the question is how ready are you to try the best (literary) authentic flavors of the world?
Do not hesitate to select a local restaurant, food outlet to try the local delicacies. You know what?, you are supporting the local vendors and the tourism during your stay. Spending your money in a local eat house while having the great local experience will support the local operators to breath in this crucial time.
Have you saved a lot money for your next trip? Do you want to post your dollary moment in your Instagram? Yes you can. But, the world now a days has converted to the means of sustainability. Staying local can be another way that you can support the global cause. From Airbnb to any given platform, there will be local accommodation to suite your satisfaction.
The global economic has disturbed the economy from the rich to poor. So when your travelling why not you support the local tourism while grabbing the best for what you spend? Well, your Instagram won’t be idle with the breath taking and secret sights that you experience around your private local accommodation.
Live Local and Talk About It
Adopting to the local culture can bring you lot of benefits while travelling. Specially in Sri Lanka, the local community is willing to share their culture with the visitors which has been there form the beginning of the race. Try living one of the different cultures which is not familiar to you to understand the world in a different way. You are supporting the local tourism and the culture by experiencing and sharing your experience when you travel back to your region and boast about it. By the awareness that you create of the local community’s will bring back more wealth and treasure to the locals that you cannot hardly imagine.
It has many dimensions and justifications. Some might do it to uplift their community engagement to retain the reputation or to reflect the worthiness of the crown from the recent pageant. But as a responsible traveller their are ways that you can support the local tourism and the community. When the passion of a volunteer mixed while travelling can initiate great causes which will help the local tourism.
Contributing cash might sounds like absurd while travelling as you have allocated your budget to the last dollar. Some part of the worlds or locally, contribution is a common thing. It might come in as like tipping or just donating. Any way be careful about the scammers and rippers.
How ever the community who deserves your support will be there always. Not to forget, they also have gone through the rough times that you had gone through, a little support to the deserved wouldn’t cost much. Most of the times they stand with you to make your trip a valuable one.
Even if you don’t realise, you are in the great cycle of the travel and tourism industry. Your small amount of disposable cash can make difference to an immersing or an effected tourism community.
Plan, Travel, Buy, Taste, Stay and Live Local when you travel.