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.