Being a responsible traveler is an important aspect of traveling to do good. The diversity of our world unites us and gives us the chance to explore, engage ad experience the best that local culture and communities have to offers.
Respecting our world and all that makes us different and unique will enhance your travel experience Whether your travel takes you to a tropical beach, a bustling city or a tranquil village, you will gain more from your travel experiences and earn the respect of the host communities.
Following these practical steps will make your travels as rewarding and gratifying as possible for you, for the people you meet and that places you visit.
- Honor your host an our common heritage– Research your destination to learn about local cultures and social conditions. It is a great way to build understanding of the local community. Learn to speak a few words in the local language. Experience and respect all that makes an international destination different and unique, from its history, architecture, religion, dress, communication modes, music, art and culture. Always ask before taking photographs of other people as their privacy matters as much as yours.
- Protect our planet – Reduce your environment impact by being a guardian of natural resources. Respect wildlife and their natural habitats. Reduce your water and energy consumption whenever possible. Leave a minimum footprint and a good impression behind.
- Support the local economy. Buy locally made handicrafts and products. Respect livelihoods of local vendors and artisans by paying a fair price. Hire local guides who have an 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 are or contact your embassy in case of an emergency. 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. Refrain from giving money to begging children and support community projects instead. Provide honest travel reviews upon your return and promote your positive experiences.
These tips were developed by the World Committee on Tourism Ethics and are based on the UNTWO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. The UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism is a fundamental frame of reference for responsible and sustainable tourism.