Nowadays, we are more aware of environment itself and environmental protection as the primary importance of sustainable development. That is true, but we are keep forgetting the fact that we need to Be Socially Responsible Traveler, too. So, why should you involve yourself in the rural tourism?
Rural tourism dates back to the beginning of the 1950s with the introduction of the concept of underdevelopment. Rural tourism is related on tourism and agriculture, which together form a specific tourist offer. It is also one of of the main drivers of agricultural development. Rural tourism refers to the combination of natural and cultural heritage, relax and enjoying in the nature and activities that take place in rural areas where visitors can enjoy the peace, simplicity and authenticity of the selected destinations.
On the other hand we are witnesses that these rural areas are systematically abandoned and from them disappears every economic activity. The development of rural areas can influence the general level of development of the wider area and enhance standard of living of rural people. Yet the crisis of rurality is reflection of the economic crisis in every modern society.
The development of rural tourism has an impact on stopping the emigration from rural areas because it allows the creation of new jobs, stopping the emigration of young people and/or their return, increasing agricultural production and raising the general level of development of the wider area. Still residents of the rural areas may not be aware of the term of sustainable development, but they always knew and know what it means sustainable way of living.
For this reason, it is important to be socially responsible tourists since the rural tourism can bring a significant source of income for rural areas. Still sense of identity and belonging to the country or lifestyle is not a matter of genetics, but a question of culture, something that we accepted it and learned it. Therefore we should respect more socio-cultural authenticity of the local population, to preserve their culture, architectural, environmental resources and traditional values.
That is exactly what the definition of sustainable rural development telling us because “Sustainability creates and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exits in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations”.