Thinking Beyond Swimsuits and Sunglasses
By Ime Morales
You’ve found cozy accommodation, ordered a couple of hot swimsuits, bought new sunglasses and sunblock, and filed your leave for the long weekend at the beach. This is how planning beach trips usually goes. But there is a more responsible way to prepare for your summer vacations and out of town trips. The state of Boracay is enough to tell us that being a responsible traveler is not anymore an option these days. Here are 8 suggestions to consider when planning your next summer getaway.
1. Choose an eco-friendly resort or hotel.
There are places that encourage responsible and sustainable tourism. In fact, there are accommodations that impose zero waste/leave no trace rules. Hideout, for example, is a guest house in Liwliwa, Zambales that doesn’t have waste bins! Guests are thereby discouraged to use disposables, or otherwise urged to bring back their trash with them upon leaving.
2. Observe restaurant/cafe eco-etiquette.
Try to finish your food and drinks inside rather than taking them out with you in disposables. Make sure, too, that you’re using reusable/washable eating utensils to minimize waste. If you’re the type who needs to often bring out food or drinks, carry a reusable container and water bottle with you at all times. There are big resorts that actually throw out as many as 30 bags of trash on a daily basis! Just imagine the impact of this much waste on our eco-system.
3. Say no to commercial bottled water!
You don’t really need to buy that bottle of water–just bring a reusable container with you and just keep on refilling in hotels, restaurants, and cafes. Safe drinking water is usually free in these places, so you even get to save money.
4. It’s time to think twice about videoke
We all know that singing (loudly) is already a solid part of our culture here in the Philippines. But it’s true, too, that more and more people these days actually appreciate silence more. Probably they have had too much of the noise in the city and are actually coming to the beach or the vacation destination for some peace and quiet. Have some consideration and keep the noise to a minimum.