Tips to support eco-tourism as traveler
New Delhi , June 5 : This summer, while you plan an escape to your dream destination, try being a responsible traveller.With global warming and rising pollution levels, we need to care for our mountains, beaches, hills and the very air we breathe.
This 'World Environment Day,' ixigo brings you the tips to support eco-tourism as a traveller.
1- No-vehicle roads: How about discovering a place on foot? Well, if that is your idea of exploring a new city, you will be happy to hear that there are places like the Mall Road in Shimla, Cinque Terre (The Italian Riveria) and Giethoorn village (Netherlands), where vehicles are not allowed. Walking is the best option to soak up the local flavour.
2- Littering costs a fortune: We bet you don't want to shell out a bomb as penalty on your vacation for something as trivial as littering or fly tipping. Make sure you don't do that while travelling to West Dunbartonshire (Scotland) or you might have to pay a fine of as much as INR 20,000.
3- Say no to plastic bags: If you are travelling to any of the hill stations in India, be sure to carry your own bag while shopping. You won't be getting any plastic bag even for food items!
4- No smoking zones: A vacation in cities like Beijing, Chandigarh, Chennai, Liverpool and Mexico, will mean that you have to leave your cigarette case at home as all these places are smoking-free zones. Don't even think of breaking the rule or you will have to pay a hefty sum as fine!
5- Say yes to green hotels: Even one of the biggest hotels, ITC Delhi Maurya is doing its bit for environment. The hotel uses solar boilers for activities such as bathing, cooking and laundry. If you are looking for a green stay, EcoSula in Nasik can be a perfect choice where you get to experience vineyard tourism and organic farming among other things.
And if you are travelling to Lahaul Spiti, you might get a chance to be a part of various solar energy projects by Ecosphere and choose to stay in solar houses as well.
6- Go for green transportation: Bid adieu to your traditional transportation modes and go for the new, trendy E-bikes and cycles which will be your best bet. Brands like Hero and many others have a whole new range of E bikes that you will enjoy riding.