In summary: while volunteering in a hostel in Kyrgyzstan, we were struck by a majority of travelers interest and enthusiasm for horseback treks without any prior experience or taking a picture of themselves with an eagle on the arm... Our mood: not really ok
During our trip, we asked ourselves several times this question: "Should we boycott over-frequented places?" Indeed our way of traveling tried to be the more responsible possible, but is it really responsible to visit a place that suffers from mass tourism? We wanted to put our thoughts here, bringing both our personal and documented lights on the subject, in order to bring out some answers... but especially solutions!
A recent study shows that global tourism is responsible for 8% of greenhouse gas emissions (4.5 Giga Tonnes of CO2 emitted in 2013 are directly attributable to tourism). A figure that would not be ready to decline, since tourism is growing by + 4% per year... According to these scientists, transport, shopping and food are the main factors contributing to this pollution. Fortunately, today there are plenty of simple solutions, easy alternatives to reduce our environmental impact while traveling - so we can still enjoy traveling without getting annoyed by doing more efforts or feeling guilty!