To fly or not to fly, that is the responsible tourism question

I came across this perspective on responsible tourism on the Exodus website. This is taken from comments by Chris Haslam, writer/journalist, who gives a testimonial about Exodus:

“There’s a school of thought that suggests we should be taking fewer flights, travelling less and spending our holidays at home. Its proponents say that travel for its own sake is both selfish and self-destructive, but there’s a counter-argument. Responsible tourism is an overwhelming force for good for the planet, and I’ve seen the effects, first hand….

Don’t stop visiting the far-flung and exotic. Don’t stop taking your hard-earned to people whose lives and futures depend upon it and don’t stop getting out there and bearing witness to the changes our planet is going through. Just make sure the tour operator you’re travelling with cares as much about the world as you do.”

I really like this! There is so much debate about flying and it is good to look at it more broadly and consider why travelling can be positive with the right company.


About natashastein

I'm interested in travel, learning about other countries and cultures, responsible tourism, environmental issues and wildlife. I like being outdoors and beautiful scenery can really move me and reinvigorate me. I enjoy walking and am planning to get a rescue dog to keep me company on my strolls. I also love to write stuff. I've set up my own website (, written blogs on topics I'm interested in and written various articles about volunteering overseas. I've always enjoyed writing in my previous jobs. I'm a bit of a creative all rounder - I can draw and make things. It's something I'd like to do more of! I love art and photography and go to exhibitions when I can. I am currently teaching English as a second language in Worcestershire, where I live. I have an eclectic career story. My professional background is in travel and tourism and the charity sector. I have worked for a major holiday company, specialist tour operator and coordinated a University alumni travel programme. Most recently I've worked for a Destination Management Organisation and local government tourism department focusing on promoting the Cotswolds primarily via social media. I also worked for VSO, the international development volunteering charity for 6 years as a Volunteer and Placement Adviser and have done bits and bobs of volunteering with different charities.
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One Response to To fly or not to fly, that is the responsible tourism question

  1. If you want to travel far, rail travel poses less environmental risk compared to international flights. Although slower than air travel, with rail travel, the “journey is the destination”!

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