Transat Costa Rica

Sustainable Tourism
Sustainable Tourism

“Whether you are traveling alone or arranging travel for others, remember that the Earth is our homeland. Give it the care and respect it deserves, learn about its environment and geography, spend time getting to know its people and their art, culture, history and livelihoods. While you derive pleasure, knowledge and understanding from your encounters, hold close the importance of preserving these treasures for those who may follow in your footsteps.” –Author Unknown

Travel is the world’s largest and fastest growing industry, providing 10 percent of the world’s income and employing one tenth of the world’s workforce. Travel to places known as “biodiversity hotspots,” such as Costa Rica, are among the fastest growing segments of the travel industry. This growing interest will have many different impacts on both the environment and cultures of these tourist destinations.

Sustainable travel aims to protect these fragile places of extreme beauty from disappearing, while protecting the livelihoods and natural resources of local communities with limited economic resources, whose culture and traditions are also in danger of being lost.

How Can I Be A Responsible Traveler?

Each time you make vacation plans, you have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the places you visit. Everyone can be a responsible traveler, no matter what travel style you choose. You can get back to nature or bathe in luxury… hike into the rainforest or explore the city, visit classic destinations or get off the beaten path.
  • By using socially and environmentally responsible tour operators like TRANSAT Costa Rica, you can ensure that your trip contributes to the conservation areas and well-being of communities. Your choice makes a difference.
  • Responsible Travel starts with planning. Making informed choices before your trip is the single most important thing you can do to be a responsible traveler.
  • Ask questions. Let tour operators/hotels know that you are a responsible consumer.
  • Choose wisely. Are the businesses you are considering certified? Have they been recognized for their sustainable efforts by their industry?
  • Respect the local environment. Do not litter, pick wild flowers or plants; try to reuse water bottles and recycle when you can.
  • Preserve local resources when possible. If your hotel has a policy to minimize laundering of towels and sheets, try to support it. Remember to turn off lights and air conditioning when you leave your room. Try not to waste water when you are not using it. Try to use biodegradable soaps, organic bug repellent and sun block.
  • Respect local culture and traditions. Be aware and sensitive to cultural differences in language, custom and dress. Ask permission before taking someone’s picture.
  • Learn a few words in the local language. And be open to learning about the local culture throughout the trip.
  • Help ensure that your money stays in the local community. Try local brands for food and drink. Buy hand crafted goods produced by local artisans.
  • Protect national treasures. Never buy authentic archeological artifacts or souvenirs made from endangered plants or animals, such as turtle shells, corals or precious wood not coming from a sustainable managed forest.
  • Make donations count. The best way to give back to the country is through donations to organizations, not to individuals.
  • Avoid feeding, touching or harassing wild animals at all times. Contact with animals puts them at risk and can cause undue stress.
  • Stay on the trail at all times. This helps lessen your impact on the forest and keeps you from getting lost.
  • Increase your chances of seeing wildlife responsibly; be ready to explore the forest in the early morning or at dusk.
  • Wear clothes that blend into the background. Avoid wearing perfume or other strong scents.
  • Remain very quiet on the trail.
  • Wait by a source of water and be patient.
  • Tune into the sounds of nature with all your senses.
  • Watch where you walk. Look down when walking through the forest and don’t move when you are observing animals or plants.