It can be somewhat unclear about what responsible travel/sustainable travel looks like. The simplest definition is travel that positively impacts the environment, community and economy of the destination you’re visiting. Tourism can have very negative effects on the people and the destinations that travelers visit. By choosing a vacation that follows principles of responsible travel/sustainable travel, you can really make a difference.
Below are some straightforward Tips for a Responsible Traveler. They were developed by the World Committee on Tourism Ethics and are based on the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. The UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism is a fundamental frame of reference for responsible travel and sustainable travel.
Honor Your Hosts & Our Common Heritage
Research your destination to learn about local customs, traditions and social conditions. It’s a great way to build understanding of the local community and excitement for your adventure ahead.
Learn to speak a few words in the local language. This can help you connect with the local community and its people in a more meaningful way.
Experience and respect all that makes an international destination different and unique, from its history, architecture, religion, dress and communication codes, to its music, art and cuisine.
Always ask before taking photographs of other people as their privacy matter as much as yours.
Protect Our Planet
Respect wildlife and their natural habitats.
Purchase products that aren’t made using endangered plants or animals. In protected areas, access only the places open to visitors.
Reduce your water and energy consumption whenever possible. Leave only a minimum footprint and a good impression behind.
Support the Local Economy
Buy locally-made handcrafts and products.
Respect livelihoods of local vendors and artisans by paying a fair price.
Do not buy counterfeit products or items that are prohibited by national/ international regulations.
Hire local guides with in-depth knowledge of the area.
Be An Informed Traveler
Take appropriate health and safety precautions prior and during your trip.
Know how to access medical care or contact your embassy in case of an emergency.
Research well before engaging into voluntourism.
Choose tourism operators with environmental policies and community projects in place.
Be A Respectful Traveler
Observe national laws and regulations.
Respect human rights and protect children from exploitation. Abusing children is a crime.
Refrain from giving money to begging children and support community projects instead.
Take photos instead of protected cultural artefacts as mementos of your trip.
Provide honest travel reviews upon your return and promote your positive experiences.