The isolation time allowed the environment to be less polluted. That’s because, at first, most people around the world stayed at home . Without travel, car and plane, nature thanked with cleaner rivers, blue skies and even the appearance of some wild animals in the middle of the cities (which have always been distant because of environmental and noise pollution).
Gradually people are returning to normal, and the plan is that everything will return as it was before – this after the long-dreamed vaccine. Tourism is the sector that is most anxious for this moment. In the world, the sector employs one in ten people, in addition to handling trillions of dollars in exports per year and being responsible for 10% of the global gross domestic product. In other words, the sector is more prepared than ever to return, taking all precautions for this to happen in the best possible way.
Now, the question remains: how to travel , visit natural paradises, beaches and mountains, without ending the infrastructure and beauty of cities, leaving everything exactly as if no one had passed through there?
Some of the natural havens already have their own rules to prevent tourists from harming cities. Fernando de Noronha, in Pernambuco, for example, there is a city preservation fee that each tourist needs to pay per day to be there. This fee helps the local economy to clean the beaches and invest in more tourism. The archipelago also has some rules that help with preservation, such as the prohibition of entering the sea with sunscreen, besides being very strict in relation to garbage and contact with animals.
Noronha even has a rule, enacted at the end of 2018, which establishes the “prohibition on the entry, sale and use of disposable containers and packaging made of plastic or similar materials”. What if we started to have this concern, not only in havens like Noronha, but in all our trips? We would certainly have cleaner beaches and cities, with many resources to make our vacations unforgettable and our environment more preserved.
We have listed some tips on how to visit paradisiacal beaches in the most sustainable way possible. Check it out here:
Encourage local commerce and buy products from the region
You know that craft sale or that clothing store well hidden in small towns? They survive because of tourism , so always choose to buy from small artisans and traders than from large department stores around Brazil – including online.
Choose a green accommodation that takes care of nature
Always prioritize hotels and inns that use solar energy to heat water. In addition, several other precautions must be taken into account when choosing accommodation, such as selective collection, water reuse, food cultivation in an organic garden, natural lighting, dual drive flushing and bicycles for guest use. This care makes all the difference, since they receive many people
Use your towel and sheets more than one day
Have you ever stopped to think that your towel doesn’t need to be washed every day? So do as you do at home: use your towels as much as you can. So they don’t need to be washed every day and we save water and energy.
This is also true because tourist cities have less infrastructure in relation to energy and water, and many times these cities are in short supply due to the large number of tourists it receives.
Small gestures also help to preserve nature
A great example is that the less plastic you consume, the less plastic will need to be disposed of, especially in small towns that are not so used to receiving and recycling so much garbage. How about taking your ecobag for a walk when you’re sightseeing too?
Use public transport, bicycle and walk a lot
Reduce the carbon footprint . When it comes to thinking about your trip, draw a continuous route. Stops along the way prevent back and forth and reduce fuel consumption. Walking a lot and cycling too, besides being great for health, are good for the environment.
Observe animals in the wild
The discussion about zoos and large aquariums is very extensive, but you can do your part not to encourage animals to live isolated and far from their environment. Do not visit places that violate basic rights and treat wild animals as a tourist attraction. The greatest example is the exploitation of local animals.
Your choice makes all the difference
Choose tourism companies that have social and environmental responsibility, as well as destinations outside the circuit. Every time you make a decision thinking about how to encourage eco-tourism, more people will benefit.
Do not feed the animals
The fauna is perfect and works in harmony. It is not for us to unbalance this. The wild animal’s diet is all in nature and any food that it eats differently and processed can be harmful.
If you found something that pleases you in nature it is because you have to stay there
Don’t take it home. Do not pick seeds, stones, shells or plant seedlings. Of course, that always includes collecting your own trash. The rule is clear. There is no reason to be different anywhere, let alone on vacation, right?
Beware of fire
If you need to light a fire, always remember to put it out and do it in a safe place. Did you know that one of the biggest reasons for big fires is small carelessness?
It is always important to note that not all cities are allowed fishing. So, first, find out beforehand. When fishing, limit the amount of fish. The ideal is to take home only the fish you are going to eat.
Pets at home
When you take your dog to the beach, in addition to being at risk of causing your pet to contract diseases, you make your pet contaminate the sand on the beach. In addition, on the beach, the circulation of domestic animals is prohibited.
To top it off, how about a list of 10 paradisiacal beaches to inspire you to choose which of these sustainable trips you want to plan? We brought tips from the most beautiful and exotic beaches in Brazil and some international tips too.
Pipa, Natal (Rio Grande do Norte)
One of the most lively paradisiacal beaches in Brazil. Full of charms, it has leisure options for all ages, as well as a beauty to fill your eyes. It also has the advantage of being located 80 kilometers from Natal, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte.
Ilha Grande (Rio de Janeiro)
An island without access to a car and all the headaches of civilization. Full of charming restaurants, shops and the best boat trips and trails to secluded beaches. A great option for those who like adventure tourism . Here, for sure you will not be left with nothing to do – only if you want to.
Jericoacoara Beach, Jericoacoara (Ceará)
Affectionately known as Jeri Beach, it is famous for having hammocks hanging from the sea water. Almost like in a good dream you can rest in a hammock around white sands, crystal clear waters and curious fish.
Frances Beach, Marechal Deodoro (Alagoas)
Famous for its calm waters, Praia do Francês is the perfect place for you to dive. The beach still has a great infrastructure for those who want to have good meals and enjoy good drinks.
Campeche Island, Florianópolis (Santa Catarina)
Known as the Brazilian Caribbean, Campeche Island is surrounded by fine sands and an emerald-colored sea. The beach is in the south of the island (far from the center of the capital of Santa Catarina) and is an unmissable attraction in Santa Catarina .
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
This is one of the most famous islands in the South Pacific, in French Polynesia. In addition to being a paradise full of reefs and clear waters, it is also home to luxury resorts with the famous bagalos above the water. In addition to these attractions, in the center of the island you can still see Mount Otemanu, a dormant volcano 727 m high.
Bondi Beach, Australia.
One of Australia ‘s best known beaches is Bondi Cove. Besides being beautiful and trendy, it has perfect waves that attract tourists from all over the world. It is one of the main tourist spots in Sydney.
Cas Abao Beach, Curacao
Its reef is the perfect place for professional divers and amateurs with their snorkels. The beach is private and, to access it, you have to pay a fee that certainly pays off. On the beach itself there is an attached infrastructure with a bar, shower and massage services.
Playa del Amor, Marietas Islands
The Islas Marietas National Park, in the state of Nayarit, has two islands of volcanic origin, Isla Larga and Isla Redonda. Marietas Islands is located on Isla Redonda and is a true paradise. The good surprise is that in the summer the humpback whales appear there.
Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
Needless to say, here you will find beautiful beaches, waterfalls and water sports. In addition to all this, Lanakai Beach, in Hawaii, is also well known for its hype.