What is Sustainable Travel? Is house-sitting sustainable or green travel?
Sustainable and responsible tourism is a phrase that has become very popular in the past few years. But why has it become such a big issue? And how is house-sitting related?
It’s estimated that 7 out of 10 people in the UK take a short break or holiday each year, and it is estimated that by 2025 the UK alone will have a tourism industry worth over 257 billion pounds. But is this positive growth in tourism creating a negative impact elsewhere?
Many may argue that it is. It has emerged in the past few years that mass tourism is causing a number of negative effects, impacting the planet and the people that live in the affected communities. We talk generally about macro issues such as global warming, we can see the impact on wildlife and ecosystems, and more specifically we also see the impact on local communities threatened by examples of exploitative tourism.
It is hard to argue against the old adage that travel broadens the mind. Many of us escape cold climates seasons to warmer countries all over the globe, we escape to resorts built and dedicated to ensuring we unwind and de-stress from our everyday lives for a week or so. There is no doubt travel also enriches and boosts communities around the world. Increasingly many communities around the world have begun to rely heavily on tourism as a main source of their revenue and job creation.
However, perhaps it is time to start thinking about making responsible choices that will benefit the local families of these areas as well as the tourists. We can protect the natural awe inspiring landscapes that are being threatened by concrete cities, while helping to reduce our carbon footprint. We can participate and encourage sustainable tourism. This not only benefits the holiday makers but it will also helps the local communities. And that’s why it has become such an important issue affecting not only the travel industry but holiday makers themselves. Through actively engaging in responsible and sustainable travel, tourists can now enjoy, relax and unwind whilst being responsible and ethical in their travel choices.
How is House-Sitting perceived as Sustainable Tourism?
House sitting allows you to make responsible choices about your travel options. A responsible choice enables you to take careful consideration into the choice of accommodation, your destination and mode of transport based on ethical sensitivities as well as being concerned for the environment and have a keen interest in local culture.
Responsible travel, also often offers you an authentic travelling experience. Allowing you to really explore the heart and soul of a country and enrich yourself in the local traditions of communities. This is something that by participating in house-sitting offers, whilst allowing you to be sustainable and responsible in your travel choices.
At HouseSit Match we are passionate about promoting responsible travel. It is important to us that our customers not only enjoy their house-sitting trips and holidays, but that through House-sitting they are able to travel sustainably and ethically. So by engaging in alternative holidays such as house-sitting, house-swapping and volunteering you can also get involved in responsible travel and not only gain a genuine travelling experience, leaving a lighter footprint on the planet and also help work towards keeping destinations special for generations to come.
HouseSit Match, are delighted to announce that we have partnered with an independent charity, Tourism Concern, and dedicated to campaigning for ethical and responsible tourism. Also ensuring tourism always benefits local people by challenging bad practice and promoting better tourism. Our partnership will allow our registered HouseSit Match community access to a discounted membership with Tourism Concern.
Becoming a member of Tourism Concern will entitle you to free or discounted entry to conferences and seminars as well as access to discounts and exclusive benefits with partners listed in the online Ethical Travel Guide. Allowing you access to expert advice and top tips on how to make responsible choices when travelling. Additionally all individual Members receive a complimentary copy of a printed edition of the Ethical Travel Guide (worth 15 GBP).
We at HouseSit Match are dedicated to ensuring you can make responsible and ethical choices when house-sitting. With our new Tourism Concern partnership, we hope further create an understanding of the importance of these ethical issues involving the tourism market. But furthermore make sure all our customers enjoy their house-sitting experience with access to advice on these issues if they need it.
Consider House-sitting as a fabulous way of green travel or sustainable travel.