I am a semi-seasoned European traveller, and we love going to Europe once every two years or so. Venice and Vernazza are two of my favorite places, but I am concerned about the negative impact of my visit to those places specifically, and my travel in general.
I would love to hear others' specific tips about sustainable travel. The advice that Rick gives in his books addresses this generally (i.e. stay in small hotels and private rooms, eat and shop locally, etc.) but i'm looking for ways that others have addressed this concern. As an example:
1- We volunteered with SaveVernazza on our last visit, and it was the highlight of our trip... very recommended!
2- We've always travelled on shoulder season to save money, but perhaps we should start earlier/later, even though we'll face more closures and lousy weather.
3- We always enjoy smaller, local businesses, especially for dining and shopping, and we avoid "tourist" shops like the plague that they usually are.
It would be great if Rick would devote some space to this topic in his guidebooks.