Since 1980, the World Tourism Organization celebrates September 27th as ‘World Tourism Day’. Travel is important, mind-opening. Come September, many a day to celebrate, like 27th September ‘World tourism Day’ followed by ‘World Heart Day’ on 28th Sep. ‘Vailankanni Feast’ which ended on 8th Sep, first ever night F1 race in Singapore on 28th September!

In the year of 2008, the travel world faces two great challenges: money crunch and climate change. The solution to these problems requires an urgent change of behavior in the general population. Tourism can encourage such a change through the responsible use of energy and natural resources. ” Said Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru, Mercedes Araoz. Today, tourism is responding to the Challenge of Climate Change and global warming. The earth is warming, glaciers are receding and oceans are changing. As a result, habitats are shrinking and species are dying--and many tourists want to see them before they disappear. As scientists have studied and described the Earth's transformations, some more recent and rapid than others, their observations have given way to a phenomenon dubbed "doomsday tourism. " Vibrant Today, Gone Tomorrow? These may be vibrant destinations now, but scientists warn that extreme changes to the environment can happen incrementally and are often invisible to the naked eye. "Climate change is a natural process for Earth," says R. Brooks Hanson. "We're tweaking the natural system, and it is responding," he says.

Ethical Doomsday Tourism all of this raises the question: Is it appropriate, or even ethical, to travel to threatened destinations?

I love traveling. But now with very low budget for travel, I am contended to sit at home and watch the channel ‘Travel and living’. ‘1000 places to see before you die’ is my favorite program. Thought it looks only for the ‘Rich and the Famous’, no harm imagining and go where ever they take us!! An hour’s program takes me allover the world! Gone were the days, (still with little budge got the money’s worth satisfaction in India) visiting the lovely beaches of Goa, the Konkan coast, the famous ruins of Humpi, the forest resorts of Mudumali, Nagarhole, Ranthmpore, Dandeli, Jim Corbet National Park. The temple towns of Madurai, Chennai, Halebeed, Belure, cave temples of Ajantha and Ellora, Thanjavour, Tirupati. Chardham in Himalayas. The back waters of Kerala, (God’s own country!). In India, every 300 Km one can notice changes in food habits and geography as well culture. This has been fascinating to many foreigners and Indian’s as well! (The first word of the places clicked in Google will provide all the details!)

I have not given up traveling. Once in 15 days, I make sure to take the refreshing one-day’s trip in and around Pune.

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” Miriam Beard

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ColdWarBaby 8 years ago

A very cogent observation regarding the impact of tourism on the environment. Current modes of transportation only exacerbate the damage we are doing.

The most important aspect of travel is the exchange of ideas and culture. Much of this can now be done electronically. Until the threats from cliamte change can be mitigated it would be very wise for people to either forgo nonessential travel or find a "green" way to do it.

Perhaps we should bring back sailing ships.

1000 Places to See Before You Die 7 years ago

You can also watch excerpts from the book on Youtube.

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