Cultural heritage is the unique traditions and legacy of a group or society passed down by generations. This includes the arts, gastronomy, medicinal remedies, spirituality, personal values, landmarks, monuments, and more. Cultural tourism can be done a number of ways for an educational and personally enriching experience while helping support the preservation of local heritage and small businesses – if done ethically and sustainably, of course.
Cultural Immersive Travel That Is Ethical & Sustainable Matters
Ethical and sustainable cultural travel can help:Foster positive economic and social impact
Establish and reinforce cultural identity (especially for multicultural/diasporic communities); Preserve cultural heritage – this is important for a number of reasons but especially because social and cultural diversity enriches our perspective on medicine, politics, history, love, science, thought, everyday life, etc.; Promote awareness/understanding among people.
However, cultural heritage tourism can also lead to tensions, problematic tourist behavior, and have detrimental effects on locals. Below are a few examples of mistakes to avoid when traveling in the pursuit of culture (or in general).