Our Tips for Responsible Travel
My mother was the first person who introduced me to the incredibly exciting world of travel.
When she took me on my first trip, I had never before heard of responsible travel; nor had I heard of it on my second or third.
But the more I travelled, the more I learned about how much of an impact we have on the environment, and others, with every choice we make.
I don’t enjoy travelling to exotic destinations to witness locals being exploited by people who don’t know any better.
I am also not fond of seeing exotic animals on chains with their captors charging tourists for photos when these animals belong in the jungle.
And I certainly do not like seeing majestic elephants giving numerous rides to humans all day long in the heat, or painting pictures, when they should be grazing naturally with their families.
It is travellers who are responsible for doing the research themselves and choosing whether they want to contribute to the exploitation, or make the responsible decision to opt out.
I have seen too much suffering to not take the time to look into things myself and become a responsible traveller.
I ask, and hope, that people do the same.
TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU WISH TO BE TREATED
Not all people on this planet have the luxury of travelling , but you do.
Respect the locals, and the environment, and preserve it for travellers in the future.
Responsible travel is about bringing you closer to the environment and cultures, and involving the locals in tourism.
Doing this in a responsible way allows locals to be a part of your holiday and benefit from your visit.
If you would like to take a photo of someone, ask. Money may be expected, and if you are not prepared to pay, do not take the photo.
ANIMALS ARE NOT ENTERTAINMENT
Please do not support animal entertainment.
Chances are, if it does not come naturally to the animal, they are not enjoying their lives.
No being on this earth wants to be chained up, and captive.
Animals cannot survive in a destroyed habitat, and locals rely heavily on the environment.
For many it is their livelihood.
Consider trekking into a forested area, instead of taking a big bus loaded with 40 people.
Don’t leave physical evidence of your visit, stick to the foot paths, and leave the environment as you found it.
Refrain from buying souvenir trinkets from locals made from animal bones, coral, feathers, or ivory. This encourages the illegal trade of flora and fauna.
DRESS AND ACT APPROPRIATELY
There is nothing more disrespectful than walking down the streets of Bangkok in a tank top, bikini bottoms, and no pants, or putting your dirty bare feet up on a table at a restaurant.
Yes we have seen it all. There seems to be this attitude with some travellers that goes something like this…….”This is my big vacation, I don’t give a shit, I am going to do whatever I want”
When you are in a foreign country. Have respect. Wear beach clothing on the beach, and behave as you would at home, assuming you are well behaved in your own country.
CHOOSE LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANTS
Ok, SO I am guilty of visiting a Starbucks every once in a while for my coffee fix, but everywhere we eat is locally owned.
Support the locals.
Chances are you will have a much more authentic experience, the food is always better, and your money is going to to support local people and not some MASSIVE chain restaurant.
More than ever, we need to take responsibility for our actions, and help take care of the planet, and other humans and non humans that inhabit it with us.
There is a reason we all love to travel.
Please do your part to help preserve this incredible world.
What are some tips you have for responsible travel?