Isn’t easy be a responsible tourist, but worths the effort!
- Think about the motives of the trip. Travel with genuine desire to learn more about the people of your host country.
- Acquaint yourself with local customs and be aware of the feelings of other people, thus preventing what might be intrusive behavior on your part.
- Your pre-trip research can be continued by asking questions while you’re there.
- Any attempt to learn even a few words of the local language will make this a more rewarding experience for all involved.
- Inquire about local culture, heritage and natural surroundings.
- Ask travel agencies about the impact your trip might have on the environment, the local economy and local culture.
- Think about the type of interaction you expect with local communities and the environment.
- Ask how local people will benefit financially from your trip.
- Establish good relations between the local community and your country.
- Talk with the locals. Learn about the area’s history.
- Contribute to he community’s economic growth by buying local handicrafts and products. Buy and eat locally produced food. Use local transportation.
- Don\’t treat people as part of the landscape. Ask permission before photographing them, because they may not want their pictures taken. espect their wishes.
- Ensure that your behavior has no impact on the natural environment. Avoid picking flowers, removing seeds, damaging coral or even buying souvenirs such as shells and skins.
- Accept, adapt and do not disturb local festivities and customs.
- Watch your dress and behavior, and display respect for the place and its people.
- Respect silence in protected areas, and hear the sounds of nature.
- Use natural resources sparingly.
- Don’t throw litter on the ground. Use wastebaskets.
- Consider the relationships you made during the trip and try to preserve them.
- Share your experience with others.
- Take advantage of the knowledge and insights you learned about other cultures.
- Incorporate these new attitudes into your daily life.