Philip Kool

Responsible Tourism

Greener Excursions

Enjoy nature—care for the environment.

Reduce waste and litter disposal—try to minimize the use of plastic bottles.
Decrease energy usage—turn down/off heating, air-conditioning and lights when not required.

Use water sparingly—take short showers rather than baths, and inform staff if you are willing to reuse towels and bed linen rather than having them replaced daily. Many hot countries suffer from periods of drought and this will help conserve water.
Respect local culture and traditions—dress and act appropriately wherever you visit, think twice before having your picture taken with someone who might not appreciate it.

Use tour guides—it will enrich your experience and help support the local economy.

My Contribution

I use well-maintained, fuel-efficient cars.
My administration work is fully digitalized, hardly any paper is printed.When possible, I try to incorporate short walks or longer walks in nature—it’s healthier and better for the environment. By introducing my clients to different ethnic and cultural communities, I try to create mutual understanding and better relations.

Promote Peace by Building Bridges

Tourism can build bridges between people and tear down walls, of which we unfortunately have too many. This is extremely important in our region, which is interwoven with problems, resembling a Gordian Knot.

If during or after your trip you feel inspired, and would like to become more involved, there are several projects to choose from. One example is the Schneider Children Medical Center—an organization that builds bridges on a very practical level. The Founding Charter of the center states that “This hospital, dedicated to the inherent right of every child to live a healthy life in a peaceful world, will stand as a bridge to peace, linking this nation to its many neighbors.” The hospital treats children from Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan and other Middle Eastern countries.