We are living in an era of over-saturation.
A booming tourism industry has become the result of globalisation. Tourism is more accessible every day.
The negative impact that tourism creates for our environment, communities and cultures grows exponentially with the industry.
This is where ethical travel comes into play. It's vital that we aim to counteract our negative impact with positive impact.
So what is globalisation?
When the Internet was born, it was a hugely foreign concept. Today, it's normal. In fact, it's an integral part of our lives.
It's a living and breathing global village.
As it has matured, the Internet has served as a space to bring us together, regardless of differences (even if we are not conscious of accepting those differences).
Whether you’re conscious of it or not, you are engaging with people from all sorts of demographics at any one given time.
So how does this link to travel?
Before the Internet and our global village, travel was not nearly as accessible. Flights were expensive, booking was a challenge and most of us held the mindset that travel just wasn't possible.
Flash forward to now- travel is only growing more accessible by the day. It has never been so cheap and available to almost anybody who seeks it out.
Everything about modern day travel is intertwined with technology. From the planning stages to sharing on social media, the Internet constantly enables us to access travel.
You have to understand that this is a cycle that has the potential for neverending growth. Better access to travel creates more demand, and more demand creates more supply.
This is a dangerous cycle to be in right now. The average tourist is unaware of the importance of minimising their footprints.
More tourism means more negative impact unless we make ethical travel our mission.