Do You Boast About Tourism Development? | Care to Support?

From natural disasters, terrorist attacks, economic wars to pandemic biological disasters; the tourism industry has suffered enough of the negative impacts over the centuries. Still what we are struggling to describe is the movement of people for a reason, which was practiced well over even during the Egyptians who had tour guide services or hosting a river cruise dinner couple of thousands of years ago. 

The 21st century was not limited to none other than the economic aspects when travelling.

1.5 billion tourist has travelled the surface of the earth in 2019, where they have contributed 2.893billon USD just because they are travelling which was boosted after the Wright Brothers invention. 

Traveling is Everything

In the modern day with the wealth that the world community willing to spend and contribute, can support in many ways from changing the poverty and to uplift the sustainability of the world. To balance off the current world requirement , there is always a price tag. However, being the conscious traveler why not support the local tourism which will enhance the global tourism with its local ambassadors in this much needed time? 

Let’s see what you can really do to uplift the local tourism.

Plan local

There can be astonishing destinations within the country that you are craving to travel by simply triggered by some Instagram pics. You might have a real urgency to tick off international destinations, but are you sure that you can do it right now? 

Well, explore the local destinations which will amaze you and will keep your satisfaction alive. This will definitely tick off your bucket list of local destinations which will help to circulate money within the local community too. 

Travel Local

Who does not like a comfy ride? From a limousine to average car would fulfil the need of a traveller to get to a destination. Support the local providers: tuk tuks, rickshaws to canoes and boats will give you life time experience while contributing to the individual local operators. Do not miss the Sri Lanka unique train experience by any cost.

Choose your travelling mode carefully while your travelling locally. It could be the cheapest way too.

Buy local

Despite you’re a Business, Solo, Family, bag backer or a corporate traveler you will be asked or directed to certain entities to purchase your requirements. True enough, what they are trying to show you the best option. 

But, thinking in a global scale, sustainability has its own definitions. One would be supporting the local community. 

By buying local goods such as local vegetables, local fruits and herbs might bring you the best taste of local delicacies ever. Local vendors prices can be tricky but most of the time it can be less than the super markets that you visit. Try to purchase local if you are a responsible traveler who look forward to support the local tourism.

Here is list for you, if your thinking what to buy local.

  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Spices and Herbs
  • Meat and Fish
  • Locally produced Clothes (Handmade most of the time)
  • Locally produced Accessories (Avoid exotic or animal products)
  • Hand Crafts (Represents and unique to its native culture)
  • Paintings
  • Jewellery and Gems

Taste local

You might not find the best steak house with your favorite wine when you travel overseas. Unless your that high spender seeking the specific and expensive experience, try out the local cuisines. Every continent has its unique flavor in the food, the question is how ready are you to try the best (literary) authentic flavors of the world?

Do not hesitate to select a local restaurant, food outlet to try the local delicacies. You know what?, you are supporting the local vendors and the tourism during your stay. Spending your money in a local eat house while having the great local experience will support the local operators to breath in this crucial time.

The True Local Cuisines

Stay Local 

Have you saved a lot money for your next trip? Do you want to post your dollary moment in your Instagram? Yes you can. But, the world now a days has converted to the means of sustainability. Staying local can be another way that you can support the global cause. From Airbnb to any given platform, there will be local accommodation to suite your satisfaction. 

The global economic has disturbed the economy from the rich to poor. So when your travelling why not you support the local tourism while grabbing the best for what you spend? Well, your Instagram won’t be idle with the breath taking and secret sights that you experience around your private local accommodation.

Local Hideouts Can Be So Homely and Comfortable

Live Local and Talk About It

Adopting to the local culture can bring you lot of benefits while travelling. Specially in Sri Lanka, the local community is willing to share their culture with the visitors which has been there form the beginning of the race. Try living one of the different cultures which is not familiar to you to understand the world in a different way. You are supporting the local tourism and the culture by experiencing and sharing your experience when you travel back to your region and boast about it. By the awareness that you create of the local community’s will bring back more wealth and treasure to the locals that you cannot hardly imagine.

Voluntourism

It has many dimensions and justifications. Some might do it to uplift their community engagement to retain the reputation or to reflect the worthiness of the crown from the recent pageant. But as a responsible traveller their are ways that you can support the local tourism and the community. When the passion of a volunteer mixed while travelling can initiate great causes which will help the local tourism.

Contribute

Contributing cash might sounds like absurd while travelling as you have allocated your budget to the last dollar. Some part of the worlds or locally, contribution is a common thing. It might come in as like tipping or just donating. Any way be careful about the scammers and rippers.

How ever the community who deserves your support will be there always. Not to forget, they also have gone through the rough times that you had gone through, a little support to the deserved wouldn’t cost much. Most of the times they stand with you to make your trip a valuable one.


Even if you don’t realise, you are in the great cycle of the travel and tourism industry. Your small amount of disposable cash can make difference to an immersing or an effected tourism community.

Plan, Travel, Buy, Taste, Stay and Live Local when you travel.

by SLtourismpolls – Your Daily Dose of Tourism!!!

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#givebacktonature – A Cleaner Sri Lanka

Give back to Nature – The Self

This should be a mantra that has to spoken to oneself to begin the day. Wherever we go, we see garbage, waste, landfill, plastics, glass, cans, paper etc which leads to an unaesthetic visual sight of the place, the unappetizing aromatic atmosphere around the place, where one has to carefully thread lest they step on yesterday’s breakfast or a base for tonight’s dinner – but worst – the possibility of disease that lingers around from germs that congregate at such waste sites.

Give back to Nature. The Youth

This should be what has to be taught in school every morning at assembly and at every recess during the middle of the day. School children knowing not to buy anything from vendors that come wrapped in plastic or that comes in plastics that cannot be recycled. School children looking to make and play with ornaments and decorations from the plastic thrown by others and not by the Plastics thrown on to shop shelves for selling by companies looking to profit from people’s ignorance. 

Give back to Nature. The Action

A series of beach clean-ups took place at various beaches around the Island and i was privileged to be a part of the team that assisted in cleaning things up and two of these beaches so far. 

The things we found – plastic bags, straws, containers, ice cream packets, yoghurt cups, plastic ropes and fibers, bottle caps, styrofoam, plastic bottles, SYRINGES WITH NEEDLES all on our beaches that we take our children to.

It was a back-breaking task, where i felt the sore muscle effects even days after the clean-up. which prompted me to buy a Picker Tool (yes, made of plastic but for for good deed and I shall look to utilizing it properly if ever it breaks at some point in time) and that helped alot and made the clean-up more effective and efficient.

So if you want to help out but feel nervous doing a clean up on your own – which I understand for i had all my tools and PPEs with me on the first time I went for a clean up but went early and so was very nervous myself thinking what would others think if i was cleaning up a beach while they bathed in it. Some of you may say not to bother with what others think at all, but there will always be a voice in your head that still tells you someone is watching you.

So if you want to help out, feel free to search on Social Media and join one of the campaigns that are being organized now to clean up various beaches around the Island. Or else, just post a request to gather people for a beach clean up and get it going yourself. 

Get recycling companies on board. Call them up. Get posters and learn from them and see the magic happen. 

There will be a time, if we continue the way we are going, that we will never see a green blade of grass again or a puddle of water that we can splash in anymore. Or the shade of a tree to rest under when the sun gets hotter and hotter because of Climate Change. 

The saying “The grass is always greener on the other side” may never literally hold true anymore for there will not be anymore grass – or if there is, might be in the form of a mutated growth now that is asking for milk and cookies while trying to cram knowledge into itself.

I may get lost during my travels. I may not know what the places I visit are or the deep history of sites pass through, but at least I get to enjoy the beauty and awe of it now which may not hold itself in the near future if we do not do anything about it. 

Give back to Nature…. and Nature will give back to you ten-fold.

Give back to Nature… before there is no Nature to get back from.

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