What is responsible travel?
Responsible travel is about more authentic holiday experiences that enable you to get a little bit more out of your travels, and give a little bit more back to destinations and local people. All holidays have positive and negative impacts locally.
Tips for responsible travel
Before travel :
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our projects.
Choose your travel provider on the basis of their eco principles and practices.
Find as much as possible. Educate yourself about the destination you are visiting by reading guidebooks and travel articles. Be aware of local history, culture and customs of the locals before arriving. Learn enough knowledge of the language to be polite i.e. hello, please and thankyou. By making the effort to learn even the basics it will be appreciated by locals; and enrich your experience.
When packing, if you want to bring gifts for local people in developing countries don't give sweets; instead bring clothes and pens, and ask your tour operator or driver to give them to community elders so that you don't encourage begging from children.
Learn about the vital eco-systems before arriving.
Explore transportation options. Travel by train and public transport where possible. Book direct flights avoiding transfers Use public transport in destinations where possible While traveling
- Take longer holidays.
- Leave No Trace and help minimize economic leakage.
- Engage in local culture.
- Buy local products and service. Refrain from aggressive bargaining.
- Tread lightly and leave NO trace. Respect nature environment.
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle.
- Even though you are just visiting and not paying the utility bill, disposing of your garbage properly and minimizing your consumption of water and energy will benefit the overall destination.
Spreading responsible travel stories.
Distribute your responsible travel tips. In addition to telling family and friends about the wonderful memories you made, also consider sharing tips on how they too can positively impact the World while having an amazing journey.
Share your photos. Pictures can say a thousand words. (Take part in our Competition)
Explore more. Traveling is just the start of learning. Once you return home continue exploring and being involved with the issues or region that captured your attention.
Build upon your knowledge and also learn about another fascinating place.
Give back. Traveling often opens your eyes and heart to something new. You can continue to preserve our inspirational World Heritage sites for generations to come by making a donation to a local charity. (EcoAction Foundation)
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