Committed to Responsible Tourism
Responsible Tourism means everybody takes responsibility for their role in ensuring sustainability.
This means you have a role too.
By following a simple Responsible Traveler’s code and making informed choices while you’re traveling, you can make a positive difference.
Enhance your own experience:
- Observe, respect and appreciate local customs and traditions.
- Know that your mere presence has an impact on the spaces visited.
- Natural and cultural heritage is the real value of the destination.
- Dress Respectfully – your group leader should brief meeting about clothing & culture, where appropriate.
- Celebrate and protect the unique character of the locale by supporting the people
- Remember: Local character can be enhanced by spending your time and money in ways that help to sustain it.
- Celebrate and protect the unique character of the locale by supporting the people and patronizing the businesses that contribute to the preservation efforts.
- Buy locally made good and use locally provided services patronizing the businesses that contribute to preserving the natural culture and environment.
- Ask for suggestions about supporting local community environmental projects rather than giving money to beggars.
- If you want to give something to schoolchildren, for instance, please buy locally and give something practical like stationary, not money or sweets.
- Care for the environment.. Be mindful not to litter, reuse plastic packaging, and water bottles where possible, use bio degradable soap.
- Learn a few basic words and phrases – this will go a long way toward developing communication and understanding with local people.
- Let local people know what you find unique and interesting about the locale.
- Gather for yourself memories and stories to take home really knowing that you have contributed to preserving and sustaining those destinations.
- Seek advice from your tour leaders about where and when appropriate to take photos and videos.