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Take nothing but pictures leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.

8 April 2011 No Comment
I think responsible travel is encapsulated in the famous travelers saying: Take nothing but pictures leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time. Travelling is every one’s way of getting away from the hustle and bustle of life and sometimes, because we are so engrossed in our desire to enjoy and have fun, we tend to forget that the we live in one  and that we are all responsible for it. That one little candy wrapper that you threw outside the bus while travelling could one day contribute to the blocking of the drainage system in the city and could cause flooding in the city.

Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.

I think people should understand that travelling should not be seen as something that is human-centered. It should be understood that when you travel, you should feel honored that you could still see and enjoy the beauty of the world. You, as a human being, should be responsible for the few of the remaining beautiful places in this planet. Being responsible doesn’t necessarily mean that you are required to do something grand for the environment. It’s those little things that matter the most. If everybody starts doing those little things, I bet it could change the world.

In line with this, I chose Chaa Creek Belize as my ecotourism destination because it is one of the beautiful places that was taken care of by responsible travelers and locals alike. Belize is naturally rich because of its marine life and flora and fauna. As a fan of nature, visiting Belize would be a dream come true for me. And seeing The Great Blue Hole and the remnants of the Mayan civilization with my own eyes would be another item crossed off my bucket list.

Photo credit: http://theelsalvadorgringo.com

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