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Responsible Travel Tips

Responsible Travel Tips

Responsible Travel Tips
Responsible Travel Tips

It is always good to think about how we travel responsibly so we have researched some great responsible travel tips perfect for your next holiday.  Traveling light (including leaving a light footprint on your energy and water usage) can not only help the local communities and businesses but can ensure that you remain committed to your “green” goals.  Thanks to blogger Elyse Le Cerf who inspired this article.  Our additions are in italics!

1- Community Based Tourism Initiatives such as homestays are a great way to support the local communities you’re visiting. Research these accommodation options and immerse yourself in local culture.  Also, consider whether a holiday home rental might be more appropriate for your group.

2- Regardless of destination, think about how much waste you are producing. Many countries don’t have proper waste disposal facilities. Buy products with less packaging and try reuse what you already have such as refillable drink bottles. If your holiday home has an opportunity to recycle, separate your waste into the appropriate bins to reduce local landfill.

3- Water use is a major issue in many countries; reduce your water usage as much as possible. Fact: water use of 100 guests for 55 days in a luxury hotel will support 100 families in a developing country for 3 years.  Does your holiday home have flow reducers?  Most new homes do, but check when you get to holiday places which are greater than 10 years old.

4- Think about where you money is going. It is important to buy products that you can see will support local communities instead of foreign investors. Local markets are a great place to source local produce.  You can also get a great array of fresh and organic produce and can be tempted by a range of different tastes.

5- Travel light. Pack only what you need. Less baggage = less for you to carry and also reduces your carbon footprint.  …and if you are missing something, buy local.  You are not only helping the communities but you may be able to purchase something special that is unique.

6- Eat local food and support street vendors and restaurants that source their food locally – you’ll be supporting the country’s small farmers instead of large foreign corporations.  I love this one.  There are so many local cafes and restaurants, many who proudly show their links with local producers and businesses.  You can be almost guaranteed the food will be fresher and tastier from local suppliers – after all their livelihood depends on their quality!

7- When bartering at a local market think about who will benefit more from that $1 – It’s probably worth a lot more to the stallholder.  Many local artisans (food and produce) run with very low overheads so their prices already reflect this. By being reasonable, you are enabling them to try new products and initiatives which can delight now and into the future.

8- Learn some of the local language. You’ll be surprised how many friends you’ll make just by making the effort. Sure, it can be embarrassing, but also lots of fun – particularly when traveling with children.

9- Remember that you’re in someone else’s country – respect local culture, customs and laws. What is appropriate in your culture may not be in another country.  Even within many countries there are different cultures.  Just be culturally aware – but also aware of your own rights and obligations.

10- Ask permission before taking photographs of people. Use it as an opportunity to practice the local language and get to know new people.  Sounds commonsense doesn’t it.  Many people really don’t mind but it is always nice (and polite) to ask.

Thanks again to Elyse Le Cerf for her article “Top 10 Responsible Travel Tips”.  We do hope you have found this interesting and informative – ready for your next holiday.

Happy holidays – dream about what is possible; believe you can do it; make the most of your annual leave; plan, book and enjoy your holiday; then dream about where you will go next!  It is your turn!

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Di Hendy

Di Hendy
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