Am I Traveling Sustainably?
To answer this question, first ask yourself these questions:
Is my hotel/hostel owned by a local?
Do the businesses I am using employ locals?
Do the businesses I am using tend to cater to locals?
Am I purchasing locally made goods, or generic, tacky souvenirs?
Are the restaurants I am going to serving local cuisine or food that tourists like?
Do I know my hotel or a restaurant’s reputation for using local products?
Has the airline, train company or bus line I am using taken steps to be more environmentally friendly?
What do I know about the local community?
Don’t know the answers to these questions? Spend some time researching the places you will be staying, the restaurants you will be eating at, the places you will be visiting and how you will get around. Also get to know what you can about the local community, culture and social norms.
Dunia Unificada is working to support sustainable travel in the parts of the world that have the most to gain from responsible tourism. Each of our featured countries is in the bottom 100 of the United Nation’s Human Development Index, yet they have some of the most incredible travel destinations in the world. Unfortunately, these destinations are often overlooked either because they are too far off the beaten path or they just haven’t received enough exposure.
We are working with local tour operators and service providers to give these countries the credit they deserve and to show you why they should be put on your list of places to visit. Each of our partners has been carefully selected and vetted. You can get to know them personally here on our site and we sincerely hope that you will get to meet them personally on your next trip!
Three Pillars of Sustainable Travel:
According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, there are three pillars of sustainable travel:
Environmentally Friendly Practices
Protecting Natural and Cultural Heritage
Providing Social & Economic Benefits for Local Communities