Sustainable tourism is an issue close to our hearts. Our way of life is increasingly geared towards offering us and the world a better present and future.
Every potential choice we make has an ecological footprint, and it is the sum of these choices that determines the fate of planet earth and the well-being of human beings.
From separate waste collection, to travelling on public transport, to using reusable water bottles, these are just a few simple examples to show how we can make a more sustainable choice in our every day.
But if these are examples that are more or less clear to everyone, what do we mean when we talk about sustainable tourism and why is bike touring a virtuous example of this?
Let’s find out together how to choose a sustainable lifestyle even when travelling.
What is sustainable tourism? (meaning and definition)
Sustainable tourism is a new, and in some ways still unknown, way of approaching travel. And this way of travelling places all its attention on respect for the environment and environmental degradation, with a focus on the local economy and culture.
This means that a sustainable traveller organises his or her stay in a tourist location in such a way that it has the least possible impact on the environment and, where possible, supports local realities.
This definition of sustainable tourism therefore also includes what is called responsible tourism, i.e. the realisation that there is also an ethical impact of one’s holiday in a new location.
Differences between sustainable and non-sustainable tourism
Today, choosing to approach tourism differently means wanting to sustain the subtle and delicate balance that exists between the beauty of sharing local assets, knowledge and riches with the rest of the world and the desire and need to preserve them to the best of our ability, thus triggering a virtuous circle that can increase the quality of life for residents and at the same time guarantee unforgettable experiences for travellers.
Not supporting environmentally sustainable tourism means supporting types of tourism that promote (even unknowingly) pollution, disproportionate price and cost-of-living increases, environmental degradation, and the loss of the identity and traditions of a people or region.
The characteristics of sustainable and responsible tourism
The most dedicated approach to the pursuit of sustainable travel can be summed up in the concept of ecotourism.
Ecotourism, in its broadest sense, means perpetuating a way of travelling in natural areas, conserving the environment and supporting the wellbeing of local populations.
This definition includes the topic of sustainable tourism and responsible tourism.
Practising sustainable and responsible tourism means consciously using resources and helping to preserve natural heritage and biodiversity. And not only that, but also respecting the human heritage and authenticity of local populations by preserving traditional values and introducing the theme of intercultural understanding.
Sustainable tourism in Italy
Today, the topic of sustainable tourism is gaining ground in Italy.
At the cost of some sacrifice, many choose more environmentally friendly options, heading for facilities that offer eco-friendly solutions.
Italy is increasingly going green, promoting initiatives such as no-smoke and plastic-free beaches.
Examples and ideas of sustainable tourism in Italy
There are many Italian resorts that choose to promote the well-being and authenticity of the area, offering increasingly sustainable solutions.
Sardinia, like Liguria and Trentino are actively moving to ensure more and more sustainable structures, such as avoiding new constructions and implementing spaces and services in historic villages.
But it is possible, in small travel choices, to be the first promoters of more sustainable travel.
Cycle tourism and cycling routes: an example of sustainable tourism excellence
Choosing cycle tourism is a beautiful step towards the environment.
Indeed, the bicycle is the ecological means of transport par excellence, and cycle tourism is a very simple form of environmentally and territorially sustainable tourism.
In addition to being a simple and effective way to approach a sustainable holiday style, it is also a good way to enjoy a sporty, wellness and health holiday.
But not only that! It can also be an excellent opportunity to experience an ecotourism adventure, completely immersed in nature and traditions for the most part.
After all, as Kennedy said:
‘Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride’
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