How to Be a Responsible Tourist: 30 Tips for Ethical Travel
Luckily, there are many things you can do – and most require little more than some conscious decision-making. Being a responsible tourist isn’t a burden. It won’t make you enjoy your trip any less.
Actually, you’ll probably find your travels will be more meaningful. Plus, the feel-good factor of knowing you’re making a positive impact will be well worth it!
Be destination aware
Consider visiting your must-see popular place off-season – this helps to stagger tourist arrivals throughout the year. Off-peak travel is typically cheaper and more peaceful, too.
Choose places that see fewer tourists, whether it’s a lesser-visited country, region, city or even an under-visited attraction.
Go off the beaten track
Don’t venture too far off the beaten path
If there’s no infrastructure for visitors, that’s a huge red flag. Talk to people to find out whether tourists are welcome before venturing too far away from the tried-and-trodden path.
Use social media responsibly
Use caution when tagging locations and perhaps withhold exact details. And sometimes, it’s better to simply observe and experience – and keep the moment private rather than sharing.
Catching a long-distance train or bus is a more responsible way of traveling from A to B. Apart from being kinder to the environment, it can be a lot of fun too – and you’ll see scenery you’d otherwise miss.
Choose environmentally-friendly airlines
When faced with a choice of carriers, don’t just choose the cheapest; consider also the airline’s attempts at going “green”. Book with the most climate-efficient airlines.
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