Advantages and Disadvantages of Travel to Remote Natural Environments

by Olena Dmytriieva
(Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia)

Nowadays, scientists and tourists can travel to remote natural environments such as the South Pole.

What are advantages and disadvantages of this development?

Travelling to such places as the poles seemed to be unthinkable a few centuries ago. Now both scientists and tourists can do it, but is it a positive achievement? - I doubt it, and I am going to explain why.

When Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole and set up a Norwegian flag there, the whole world admired his courage and determination. Captain Scott and his team were less successful and unfortunately none of his companions managed to come back. The captain’s diaries and letters to his unborn son cannot be read without tears and compassion. These are two remarkable examples of inner strength and unbroken spirit which cannot be underestimated.

There is no doubt that a lot of things have become more affordable for the past decades. Nevertheless travelling to remote natural environments need to be prepared thoroughly. The ways of transport like snowmobiles cannot be compared with dog sledges or skates. Tourists do not need to have food depots, they can transport all the food, clothes and necessary equipment with them. I am convinced that seeing all the untouched beauty of the nature will leave everyone speechless as this beauty can hardly be expressed by words.

We must acknowledge that people do more harm to the nature wherever they appear. We cannot deny that Everest has become a greatest dump “thanks to” all the tourists who climb it. They all are looking for excitement and new experience, but what is left behind them? I am convinced that such places as the South and North poles should become ecological reserves and their activity has to be supervised by the government and environmental organizations. There are other numerous ways of searching the information except visiting the places. Ecotourism should be restricted as well because thousands of species of animals have been disappeared for ever.

Overall, tourism to distant places does great harm to the environment. The governments should take measures to protect the habitat of rare animals and plants from people.


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