15.05.2007 -17 °C
Mark Ellingham, the guy who started Rough Guides has come out with some very strong criticisms of what he dubs "binge-flying". Strong words from a guy that gets his bread&butter from the travel industry.
Balancing all the positives and negatives, I'm not convinced there is such a thing as a 'responsible' or 'ethical' holiday.
His objection is to "binge-flying", where people make as many as 10 short trips in a year, with obviously negative effects on the environment. Personally, he's limited himself to 1 long-haul and 2-3 shorter trips each year, arguing the benefits of tourism.
The social and economic impact of travelling can be very positive, with many countries relying on economies that would completely fall apart without tourism... In addition, there are lots of countries who nurture their environment purely because of the tourists who come to experience it.
Good point, but then we ought to pick destinations where we know our tourist dollars will be spent in a way that has positive social and environmental effects. Perhaps I'm a pessimist, but that seems like a pretty tough challenge for the average consumer to work out.
How has awareness of climate change and global warming challenged you to change the way you travel?