One of the first things I did upon arriving home from nine days in Phuket was Google ‘conservation in Thailand’. This isn’t a normal practice.
From what I experienced during my stay, the tourism industry in Thailand seems entirely centred on ensuring that as many visitors as possible have the best time imaginable. As a result, in plain terms, we are ruining the world we love to explore.
If you’ve read Part One of Exploitation in Exploration, you’ll have read how I got home from Phuket, Thailand, and Googled ‘conservation’. This is the first step, but the problem is that understanding how to look after our planet when travelling does not constitute actually doing so.
Feeling guilty — as I did (and still do) — about visiting places like Phuket makes you as bad as those completely unaware, should you choose not to actively participate in preventing it. It is the equivalent to witnessing bullying and choosing not to tell, or believing you’ll be thinner from looking at the DVD case of an exercise video. I closed ‘Phuket and Impact’ referring to our generation, and I will begin ‘Ghost Travel’ by reiterating the same point: again, we are the variable factor, and we have enough knowledge and enough life ahead of us to help change travelling our world for the better.