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It's our call too

When it comes to the responsibility of single tourists, we realise that there are (or could be) many ways to avoid overtourism.

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The first is by not visiting crowded cities – somewhat obvious but difficult to do because, after all, if you want to experience the Colosseum, you can only do it in Rome. In these cases, the best solution is to be a responsible tourist, travelling in such a way that the positive impacts are increased while the negative ones are diminished.

One of the many ways to do this is by trying to make sure your money stays in the local community, paying the necessary fees for conserving the environment and choosing local accommodations, whether in hostels or small hotels, rather than using global networking services.

On tours, opt for local guides and eat at restaurants that are typical of the city. For example, instead of visiting Paris and eating at a global fast-food chain, delight in the genuinely Parisian bistro sandwiches. In other words, travel to enjoy what a resident would enjoy.

Another possibility is to avoid travelling in peak season. Target other areas and choose destinations where overtourism is not a problem (yet).

Your task

Read the tips for responsible travel available from the Downloads section at the bottom of this page.

Based on your learning this week, suggest alternatives to the existing Faro solution and discuss those of your fellow learners.

Further reading

Jones, M. (2019, January 14). These are this year’s most “undertouristed” places. The Independent. https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/overtourism-travel-holiday-destinations-venice-barcelona-bali-santorini-a8726911.html

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