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Travel BlogAndre’s Travel blog highlights unique travel destinations, travel tips & current trends in the travel industry. Our world is changing rapidly & not necessarily always for the better. I enjoying using my travel blog as a platform to address the causes and challenges, which directly affect tourism. Not only does this blog inform travelers about what is happening in the world of travel, but it also gives me the opportunity to offer sage advice. I will help you navigate the changes & travel better.

Andre’ Leavitt

Is Travel a Right or a Privilege for 2022 & Beyond

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Is Travel a Right or a Privilege for 2022 & beyond?

This past year has been a trial in patience for the travel industry & a financial crippling moment for many. One shining light is that “over tourism” has temporarily vanished.  Throngs of tourists that have over taken spectacular Machu Picchu & historic cities like Venice & Amsterdam by cruise ship & day trip, to the detriment of the locals, are gone.  Nature has been allowed a second wind in our absence. Port communities remembering a more charmed area prior to the arrival of the mega cruise ships are reconsidering their limits.

Could this pandemic pause in tourism actually save the industry from itself? As a travel advisor I would like to think so, but it will take a conscience effort & a change of attitude by both the Travel Industry & the traveler. The lust for profits & pleasure at the price of environmental destruction must end. Balanced tourism is needed.  It lifts communities & protects nature from exploitation, animal poaching & over fishing.

Prior to the pandemic mass tourism was in overdrive & unstainable at its manic pace.  Consumers reaped the initial benefits of cheap flights, affordable mega ship cruising & unregulated air B&Bs, but at a steep cost to the destination.  Too many tourists & the pollution they generate make for a less authentic experience & a eco disaster.  Short term thinking which enables over crowded destinations must end.

It’s time that the travel industry & the international tourism boards educate the consumer on why changes in their travel behavior is important & makes a difference. It’s time that the fortunate traveler cares enough to enquire about the environmental impact of their travel experience.  Travel is a privilege.  Those with the means to engage this privilege must be encouraged to do better.