Tourism’s Guide to Being
a Responsible Traveller
Be considerate – of the communities and environment you visit.
Don’t litter. Try to carry your own shopping bag to avoid contributing to the plastic problem in many countries of the world.
Try to avoid excessive waste and the use of plastic bottles (in many countries there is no way of disposing of these, therefore creating plastic mountains due to tourism) – bring your own and consider purifying your own water & remove all packaging before leaving home.
Reduce energy consumption. Unplug your mobile phone charger, turn off the lights…
Conserve water. Take shorter showers… the average hotel guest uses over 300 litres of water per night! In a luxury hotel it is approx. 1800 litres!
Always ask before taking photographs. If someone says no, respect their wishes.
Educate yourself about the place you are visiting and the people.
Respect cultural differences – and learn from it! People in different places do things differently – don’t try tlittle boyo change them – enjoy them.
Dress respectively. Cover up away from the beach. Cover your head in religious places. Notice local dress codes and adhere to them.
Do not purchase or eat endangered species (e.g. turtle egg soup, crocodile handbags). Choose sustainable seafood
Support the local economy. Buy locally made souvenirs, eat at local restaurants – enjoy the local culture!
Do not give pens, candy or other gifts to local children – it fosters a begging economy. If you wish to donate, contact a local school or tour operator who can ensure the gifts are distributed fairly and properly.
Do not support the illegal drug trade or the sex trade.
Take public transit. Or if you must rent a car – why not a hybrid or electric one if available?
Support a local charity or organisation that works towards responsible
Before you go, ask your travel provider (tour operator, travel agent) about the company’s environmental and responsible tourism policies – support those who support responsible tourism.
Ask your accommodation provider (hotel, guest house, lodge) about their sustainability practices – do they compost? Recycle? Have fair labour laws? Have an environmental policy?
Support responsible tourism organizations – those operators who publicly are aiming to make tourism more responsible.
Support local organisations – either in the place you visit or where you live
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