Six steps to a better kind of travel

At Vietnam visa booking we are passionately committed to travel. We feel strongly that only through travelling do we truly come to understand the world we live in and the people we share it with – plus tourism has brought a great deal of benefit to developing economies around the world over the last few decades.

But the extraordinary growth in tourism has also damaged some places irreparably, and of course climate change is exacerbated by most forms of transport, especially flying. This means that now more than ever it’s important to travel thoughtfully and responsibly, with respect for the cultures you’re visiting – not only to derive the most benefit from your trip but also to preserve the best bits of the planet for everyone to enjoy. At Vietnam visa booking, we feel there are six main areas in which you can make a difference:

  • Consider what you’re contributing to the local economy, and how much the services you use do the same, whether it’s through employing local workers and guides or sourcing locally grown produce and local services.
  • Consider the environment on holiday as well as at home. Water is scarce in many developing destinations, and the biodiversity of local flora and fauna can be adversely affected by tourism. Try to patronize businesses that take account of this.
  • Travel with a purpose, not just to tick off experiences. Consider spending longer in a place, and getting to know it and its people.
  • Give thought to how often you fly. Try to avoid short hops by air and more harmful night flights.
  • Consider alternatives to flying, travelling instead by bus, train, boat and even by bike or on foot where possible.
  • Make your trips “climate neutral” via a reputable carbon offset scheme. All Rough Guide flights are offset, and every year we donate money to a variety of charities devoted to combating the effects of climate change.

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