Simple rules to go by

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

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

3 Lower your impact

3.1 Prefer going in smaller groups

3.2 Look for trained local guides with knowledge of the area

3.3 Use local transport more 

3.4 Do not litter or pollute where you go

3.5 Think about your use of local resources (eg. energy or water)

3.6 Seek to leave the place a little cleaner than you found it

3.7 Consider alternatives to over touristed areas

— updated July 2019 —-

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