In the Nature
Nature plays a big role in tourism. Many people long for unspoilt nature on their holidays, away from the noisy city. However, tourism also poses a great danger to the landscape and animals. More and more often, tourist destinations become polluted, mainly due to tourists’ lack of consideration. The ecosystems, which are so important and without the preservation of the beauty of the place is not possible, suffer from this in particular. But with a few tricks and tips, travellers can ensure that they show adequate respect for nature and protect it. Here is an overview of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to travelling in nature:
- Always try to visit vulnerable nature reserves with a local guide. This guide can tell you everything about the specific flora and fauna that the area inhabits and about the certain do’s and don’ts in the nature reserve.
- Be responsible for the waste you produce and do not leave it anywhere, but dispose of it at the nearest recycling point. However, it is best to produce little non-degradable waste in the first place.
- Be considerate of people and animals and avoid any noise nuisance, such as loud music, or other entertainment equipment. This is not only disturbing, but can also lead to changes in animal behaviour.
- Go to a lesser known nature area. That way you can avoid crowds, enjoy nature undisturbed and relieve busy tourist routes.
- Never leave the paths. Follow given signs, so you don’t trample vulnerable nature and don’t disturb the animals.
- Leave any places as you found them (or even cleaner) !
- Do not assume that you can wild camp everywhere. Check in advance where it is allowed and which rules you have to adhere to.
- Do not hand-feed fish or other animals.
- Beware of fire in nature reserves. Campfires are often forbidden in such places. Always watch out for cigarette butts too. It is best to carry them in a portable ashtray and dispose of it later.
- Do not take away flora and fauna. It does not only disturb biodiversity and ecosystems, but often it is even illegal.
- Do not use pollutants such as detergent, in streams or springs while washing and bathing. It is a threat to local flora and fauna and the whole ecosystem.