Responsible Travel Myths

This article was originally published on The International Ecotourism Society website. The International Ecotourism Society is the world’s oldest and largest international ecotourism association, TIES seeks to be the global source of knowledge and advocacy uniting communities, conservation, and sustainable travel. You can find the original post here.

Myth: I have to sacrifice quality and luxury of accommodations.
Reality: Many lodges, hotels, and B&Bs have very high standards for quality and luxury. They bring nature and culture within your reach, while still assuring your level of comfort.

Myth: It’s expensive!
Reality: Responsible tours and accommodations come in a range of prices, depending on the level of comfort and convenience you desire.

Myth: It’s too difficult to be a responsible traveler.
Reality: The internet makes it easy to plan and book responsible travel.  When you arrive at your destination, there are simple steps you can take to make your trip environmentally and socially responsible (see “What You Can Do While Traveling” above).

Myth: It means traveling to tropical jungles.
Reality: Responsible travel often brings to mind images of exotic tropical locations, but the reality is that destinations, accommodations, and tour packages exist on every continent.

Myth: It’s for backpackers.
Reality: People of all interests, ages, incomes, and backgrounds can travel responsibly, and there are plenty of family-friendly options.

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