Responsible tourism is any form of travel done in a more responsible and mindful way. According to the Cape Town Declaration (signed in 2002 and we still haven't learned…), responsible tourism:
Clearly, the emerging ‘eco' or ‘green' travel market is increasingly difficult to navigate. Fortunately, most of the genuine environmentally-friendly and otherwise sustainable travel providers have all the information clearly laid out on their websites which makes it easier to learn about the concrete measures they are taking to conserve natural resources, protect plants and wildlife, and contribute to the well-being of local communities.
Do not be afraid to ask questions and raise objections — it is the most direct and effective way to let all agents involved know that we care!
Make sure you do your homework. Choose your travel agent / airline / accommodation wisely. And do not be afraid to ask questions and raise objections — it's the most direct and effective way to let all agents involved know that we care!