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Bringing Back Tourism Is Vital To Animal Conservation.

Coronavirus restrictions have devastated the tourism industry over the last two years with many businesses and livelihoods lost, and this has had a cataclysmic effect on conservation efforts around the world. As tourism begins to slowly get back to normal, a focus on responsible wildlife tourism is needed to save and protect so many species and habitats at risk of destruction and extinction.

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What Questions To Ask Before You Visit A Wildlife Tour Operator.

Wildlife tourism is a huge industry and there are a lot of ethical and responsible wildlife tour operators that are using tourism’s positive impact to care for animals and help fund conservation issues. Unfortunately there are also lot out there who are still exploiting animals for profit and greenwashing their services. But how do you as a traveller tell the difference? What questions should you ask to make sure that the wildlife tour operator you choose to support is really ethical and responsible?

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What Is Second City Tourism?

With the rise in overtourism causing significant problems for destinations and local communities, a new trend has emerged called second city tourism where travellers are leaning toward visiting less crowded places. But what is second city tourism? Why does second city tourism help local destinations and why has it become so popular all of a sudden when backpackers have technically been doing it for decades?

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What Can You Do To Help Overtourism?

Overtourism has become a serious problem in recent years, to the point that many authorities are calling for restrictions on tourism to reduce damage and harm to local ecosystems and populations, but it doesn’t have to be like that. Travel itself is not a bad thing and can have a positive impact if it is done right, so here are the best and easiest ways you can help as an individual traveller by reducing the impact of overtourism on the destinations you love.

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Flight Shaming Is Wrong And Will Not Help The Environment.

Flight shaming has been on the rise in the past few years with growing calls to ground all aircraft and stop flying altogether. As increasing numbers of people become more conscious of their environmental impact on the world the focus has inevitably turned to what is percieved as one of its biggest polluters, flying, and those travellers who fly a lot have come under increasing demands to stop. Envioronmental concerns are a good thing, but flight shaming is illogical and wrong, and is not the way to help the envioronment. In fact flight shaming may do far more harm than good.

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Restarting Travel Respectfully.

After a prolonged period of forced lockdowns the world is once again starting to open up to travel, but are backpackers themselves ready to return to travel? Will we go back to a world of overtourism, disrespecting local cultures and monuments and using the world as a drunken playground? Or will travellers take the time to reflect, leave a positive impact and practice respectful travel?

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Top 10 Ethical Wildlife Experiences For Your Gap Year Bucket List.

Many people who dream of traveling the world have a bucket list, and wildlife experiences are quite often right at the very top. The big problem is ensuring that you aren’t contributing to the widespread abuse of animals in the tourism industry and that you are instead observing animals in an ethical and sustainable way to ensure that travel and tourism has a positive impact on wildlife. Here are the top 10 ethical wildlife activities you can safely add to your bucket list right now.

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Why Tourism Is Essential For Improving Animal Care In Wildlife Travel.

Wildlife tourism can do a lot of good, but it can do a lot of harm too. The good news is that tourism can ensure the good and stop the harm, and travelers can play an integral role in helping all

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Should Travellers Boycott Controversial Destinations?

There are plenty of destinations around the world that have controversial political or cultural stances on many issues, from women’s rights and human rights abuses to LGBTQ rights and oppressive dictatorships, but does that mean you should boycott a destination? Should your ethical or moral viewpoint dictate where you travel to? What would you do?

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Improving Animal Welfare In The Travel Industry With Global Spirit.

I have been writing about ethical and responsible wildlife tourism for many years now to raise awareness about the many conservation issues involved in the industry and to help travellers avoid unethical and abusive wildlife tourism operators. But it is time to take that next step and not just write about the issues, but to actually help to make a physical change in the industry too. This is why Bemused Backpacker is proud to announce our new service, the Wildlife Tourism Consultation and Audit, in partnership with Global Spirit!

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