The hallmark of responsible travel is improving destinations, instead of leaving them in some way poorer due to tourist practices.
Simply put, responsible travel is about minimizing your negative impact and maximizing your positive impact when you travel . It is also about a deeper and fuller experience of the places you go and connecting with people from other cultures.
Here are some simple principles to go by.
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1 Choose responsibly
1.1 Favour accommodation that has a commitment to sustainability and the environment
1.2 Choose for tour organisers and excursions that respect the local environment, culture and wildlife
1.3 Look for acclaimed sustainability certification schemes when choosing
1.4 Look for trained local guides with knowledge of the area
2 Be a good guest
2.1 Educate yourself a bit in advance, know where you are going
2.2 Learn at least a few words in the local language
2.3 Be environmentally, socially and culturally aware
2.4 Respect the environment; animals and wildlife
2.5 Be polite, respectful and interested
2.6 Follow instructions given by your guide or host
2.7 Applaude sustainabililty efforts you observe
3 Lower your impact
3.1 Prefer going in smaller groups
3.2 Use local transport when it makes sense
3.3 Dispose your waste safely. Sort your trash.
3.5 Avoid pollutants, plastic and chemicals
3.4 Be aware of hygiene and respect rules related hereto
3.4 Think about your use of local resources (eg. energy or water)
3.5 Seek to leave the place a little cleaner than you found it
3.6 Consider alternatives to over touristed areas
— updated June 2020 —-
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