We travel to learn, grow and better understand the world. Travel makes us live unforgettable experiences and impact our lives in a unique way. However, traveling not only has an impact on the traveler, it also makes an impact on the people, ecosystems and culture of the place being visited. Sometimes, we forget that the places we visit are actually home to people and species, which depend entirely on the wonderful places we know.
Hiking experience in the Acaxochitlan forest in Hidalgo.
A traveler’s footprint
Tourist sites have become increasingly adapted to us, rather than us to them and this not only causes the destination to lose some of its essence, but also part of its nature and identity. In general, all human action has a social, environmental and economic impact, and travelling is no exception, in fact tourism is one of the activities that generates the greatest impact on a global scale and it is up to us to decide whether we want this impact is positive or negative for the place we visit.
A purposely traveler
Every experience as travelers comes with a great responsibility. By not caring for and preserving environmental balance, the lives of many rural and indigenous communities are endangered, as they depend directly on ecosystems. If a traveler chooses irresponsible tourist agencies, it is weakening local cultures, contributing to environmental degradation, social inequality and the loss of the area’s own tourism activity.
Choosing responsible tourism and engaging directly in the efforts of rural and indigenous communities not only makes us truly aware of the culture and essence of the place, it also guarantees the future of communities and that of nature.
Generating a positive impact, makes the experience of our travels more enriching, since the journey no longer only changes the life of us, it also changes the lives of the people of the places we visit.