At a time when sustainability is increasingly a concern in all sectors of society, defining what is an ecological and sustainable destination is a difficult task.
Given the different rhythms that characterize the world, we have created a list where we present some countries and the different ways in which sustainable tourism and the positive impact of travellers are being addressed.
A primeira vez que viajei para a Mongólia não levava nada de especial em mente. Conhecia o Grande Império Mongol e o Genghis Khan, sabia que eram nómadas e que viviam em pequenas tendas chamadas de gers. Pensava que era um país terceiro-mundista, atrasado, salpicado pela União Soviética e com influência da China… Mas nada me preparava para conhecer, aquele que é hoje (e desde então), o meu destino de eleição, ao qual anseio sempre voltar.
There is a lot of talk about travelling off the beaten track, but how do you get to places that are often only visited by locals? I am not referring only to remote destinations, but also the most touristy cities, such as Paris, London or New York. The issue extends even to destinations within your own country. There is more to the cities than the usual museums, monuments or POI’s: for instance, hotspots such as trending restaurants and cafes, those little secret venues, the local markets. Not neglecting the tourist circuits that, of course, can be quite interesting, but are sometimes so busy, or so “fabricated”, that we lose the sense of local culture.
With its difficult geography and with troubled political history, Nepal has seen many of its most charismatic sites disappear following the earthquakes in 2015. Even the magnificent Mount Everest changed: the mountain changed its contours and also shrank at its height. With high thermal amplitudes, political instability (eight governments in the last decade), a weak transport system and precarious access, what makes us fall in love with Nepal after all?
Sem esperar receber nada em troca pela minha visita ao país, voltei com a bagagem cheia: cheia de sonhos, de aspirações e de esperança, de um país que, não sendo o meu, recebeu-me como se fosse.
É como se tivéssemos chegado à casa de onde nunca partimos.
O Nepal é um destino magnético, que nos transforma, que nos acolhe e nos vê partir, sempre com a promessa de que, um dia, iremos voltar.
Sustainability is an increasingly hot topic at the moment, but it can have different meanings in its interpretation. For me, it was a term to which I used to associate the environmental aspect, but throughout my travels, I quickly realised that it is present not only in the nature of the environment but also in human and social nature.