With greater numbers of people travelling comes a greater need for responsibility. The planet can only continue to sustain life if we give it the respect it deserves. In addition, the preservation of locations we visit needs to be considered and also the local people should be given the courtesy they deserve. So how do we go about this? Well here is a handy guide with a few tips on how to be a responsible traveller:

Choose eco-friendly accommodation and tour companies

You should ask potential service providers some questions before you book:

What is their environmental policy?

How do they encourage less water consumption – do they reuse grey waste? Are there water conservation measures in practice such as short flushing toilets or making the laundry of towels more efficient?

What do they do with the waste? Are they recycling, reducing food waste, composting?

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Whilst you are visiting

Reduce your energy consumption by unplugging chargers, switching off lights, not leaving air conditioners or heaters on whilst you are out or reduce the energy used by adjusting the temperature etc.

Take short showers rather than baths.

Eat local. Try the local restaurants and sample cuisines from that region, not food that has earned air miles.

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Respect the environment

  • Don’t litter – take your waste with you
  • Bring your own water bottle
  • Take reusable straws
  • Take a reusable bag
  • Find out about the country’s recycling schemes in advance so you know how to do it
  • Buy locally produced sustainable souvenirs, don’t buy shells, parts of animals or mass produced imported items.
  • Don’t eat endangered species, check the list here.
  • Be aware of animal exploitation: don’t ride elephants, stroke drugged up tigers or be an audience member of a show that includes animal performances.

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Respect Other Humans

Find out about local customs and laws, you don’t want to offend people or even worse, end up in jail. There are some strange rules in some countries, check them out here.

Be polite and ask for permission before taking photographs.

Be considerate, many other people have travelled far and spent money to be able to take a picture, don’t hog the opportunity just for social media, it’s not a pretty look.

Don’t give away gifts to people, especially children. It encourages begging, stealing and also can result in violence between those who received and those who didn’t. Instead thoroughly research a local organisation and arrange to donate through them, it is safer, fairer and more practical.

Don’t be an idiot and trash someone else’s neighbourhood just because you are ‘on holiday’. This includes becoming a sex tourist, illegal drug taker or any other type of criminal activity. You might want to check what is against the law in the country that you are travelling to, you may be surprised.

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Reduce your carbon footprint

There are so many ways that you can help mitigate climate change by pumping out less carbon dioxide and methane. Here are the best tips.

If you are thinking about voluntourism…

Check out this guide to what you need to consider.

And lastly…

Don’t be irresponsible by taking the worst type of travel.

How are you a responsible traveller? Do tell all in the comments below.

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