1. What are the most popular holiday places that people in your country enjoy going to?
In my country there is no shortage of beautiful landscapes and unique places for locals to explore. In the west, there are a lot of incredible natural wonders to see. One amazing spot out there is Banff, which is a picturesque town that is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery, including snow capped mountains, sparkling lakes, and alpine meadows. On the other side of the country, some holiday goers like to see some of the oldest settlements that contain nice colonial architecture. The list is endless.
2. Do workers and students have a good amount of holiday time where you live?
In most instances, students seem to really benefit by having a lot of holiday time as they have long summer holidays and breaks on major holidays, especially at Christmas and New Years time. There is a law in my country that allows all workers to be entitled to at least 2 weeks of paid holiday each year. This doesn’t include getting time off for national holidays, which often means having long three day weekends almost once per month as well. So, I guess that most people have a fair amount of down time, but students and workers with seniority tend to have it better.
3. Can people really get to know a different culture by taking a vacation overseas?
The thing is that I don’t travel that much, so I’m not quite sure. But I suppose that it depends on the individual and their attitude towards travel. If they are not willing to immerse themselves by talking to the locals, not trying their food, nor being open to differences, then they won’t get much of a cultural experience. However, those who are ready to partake in authentic activities will likely gain some appreciation towards the culture.
4. What are some reasons why young people take holidays compared to why old people do it?
When thinking about the differences between the two age groups, I assume that it has something to do with economic status, health and possibly even values. Young adult travellers are usually full of energy, fearless, and looking for a fun time, so it’s not unusual for them to stay in cheap accommodation and want to visit lively hot places that are full of chances to meet other fellow travellers. Seniors, on the other hand, have seen it all before, and because of their wealth and physical stamina, they tend to avoid hassles and travel at quieter periods, and stay at places that offer more conveniences.
5. What problems can tourism bring to the environment?
Unfortunately, tourism can cause a whole bunch of issues in the environment. In coastal areas, for example, an increase in the use of ships can pollute the water and cause damage to coral reefs and sea life. It can also cause enormous stress on local land use, which can lead to soil erosion and a loss of natural habitat. It’s all really quite a shame to see once beautiful places being wrecked.
6. How can damage to the environment which is caused by tourism be prevented?
I don’t recall ever thinking about this before, but I expect that educating visitors will be useful. If the information in the form of message boards or pamphlets were given to tourists, they’d be more informed and aware of how to minimize their impact on the environment. I also believe that eco-tourism should be greatly promoted. This is a more sustainable way of travel that causes little to no damage, and at the same time, it helps to inform travelers about the importance of environmental protection. A win-win situation, right?