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Choose Sustainable Accommodation
It is possible to find hotels or resorts that actively involve local communities or have practices that help protect the environment. Do some search online, check their background and make an informed decision.
Choose Eco-friendly Accommodation
Opt for eco-friendly accommodations that rely on renewable energy sources instead of generators. Properties that use solar electricity and water recycling are better options.
Choose Local Stay
This is a key principle of responsible tourism, as this approach means you are supporting indigenous communities who have cultural investment in the country. A homestay or a locally-run guesthouse promises a far more authentic interaction.
Go Green At Your Hotel
Start going green by choosing the right hotel. Always remember to switch off the air conditioners, heaters, and other electronic gadgets when you leave the room. Better to stay at hotels that have recycling programs and abide by their guidelines.
Stay Several Nights
Some destinations have high day-tourism, whereby visitors populate the city just for the daytime and leave in the evening. It is better to stay several nights in one place as it helps to support local hotels and help in supporting the local economy.
Be A Mindful Hotel Guest
More and more hotels put up signs that ask you to leave the towels on the floor if you want them changed. If you leave hem hanging, they won’t change for you. This practice keeps water usage low and decreases the detergents washed out into the ocean.
Skip The Single-use Hotel Toiletries
Big changes are happening at leading hotels across the globe. They are working towards reducing plastic usage due to its big threat to the environment. Travel-sized plastic toiletries are gradually replaced by wall-mounted bottles at these hotels.
Reuse Towels and Sheets
Most hotels already have a towel and sheet reuse program to save water. Since you do not need to use a new towel every single day, hang up your towels if the hotels you stay at give you the option to reuse your towel. The amount of water and money you’ll be helping the hotel save can be enormous.
Turn It Off
Switch off electrical gadgets and appliances in the hotel room before going out as it can save tonnes of energy, just like you’d do back home. You may leave one of the windows slightly open or draw the curtains to keep out the sunlight if you don’t want to come back to a hot and stuffy room.
Make Mindful Lodging Choices
Instead of just searching for the cheapest or most convenient places to stay at, pause to consider if there is a more sustainable way of spending your money on tourism. Since
accommodation is one of your biggest travel costs, it is definitely an area where you can really have a positive impact on.
Consider A Staycation
You don’t have to book an airplane in order to enjoy a fun and exciting vacation. Responsible tourists should be open to choosing places that are closer to home. A few hours’ drive from the city can take you to interesting places and some may not have been discovered by you yet.
Today, many hotels are taking the guesswork out with technology. Smart showers limit the length of showers to a pre-set time, alerting users when their time is almost over. Room sensors automatically detect light levels, increasing and decreasing the bulb brightness. Thermostats with occupancy sensors adjust heating and aircon temperatures.
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