Traveling can be a big threat to the planet—both environmentally and culturally. There, I’ve said it. As much as those of us afflicted with wanderlust don’t want to admit it, that is a cold hard truth.
There are many ways in which tourism is wreaking havoc with places—but there are also many ways in which we, as travelers, can minimize that negative impact. It’s all about being aware, conscious and mindful. And the absolute number one, easiest general principle to follow to put tourism in the beneficial balance column rather than the detrimental is this: