Responsible travel tips

Leaving a positive impact on the places you visit.

The world is full of breathtaking destinations, each with unique cultures and ecosystems waiting to be explored. But with travel comes a responsibility to ensure we preserve these wonders for future generations. Learning to travel sustainably is the key. By making conscious choices about your transportation, accommodation, and activities, you can minimize your impact and leave a positive footprint.The world is your oyster, but remember, you’re a guest on every shore you explore!

Environment

  • Leave No Trace: Respect the environment by properly disposing of waste and embrace the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Pack smart: Reusable water bottles and bags minimize waste and lighten your load. Also, less weight in the plane means less fuel, which in turn can reduce flight emissions.

  • Remove packaging before travelling.
  • Turn off all electrical appliances (air conditioner, fans, lights, etc) when you leave your accommodation.

  • Every drop counts! Water shortage is a problem in many destinations. Opt for shorter showers to help conserve water.
  • Opt for airlines committed to eco-friendly practices, and that invest in modern, fuel-efficient planes.

  • Offset your flights: Invest in carbon offsets to support conservation efforts.

Cultural Etiquette

  • Learn about the people and the traditions of the destination you are visiting.
  • Be Culturally Sensitive: Dress modestly when visiting religious sites, and show respect for other peoples traditions and customs.
  • Break the ice! Locals appreciate any effort you make to speak their language. A few basic words in the local language can open doors and make your trip more enjoyable. Start with basics: “hello,” “goodbye,” and “thank you.
  • Respect cultural attire. Always ask for permission before photographing people in traditional dress, especially if they seem shy or or avoid your camera.

Animal welfare

  • Seeking wildlife encounters? Choose wisely! Sustainable travel means prioritizing animal welfare. Opt for sanctuaries that protect habitats and avoid experiences that harm animals or their habitats.

  • Your choices matter: say no to products made from endangered plants or animals, like elephant ivory, tortoise shell, rhino horns and wild animal skins.
  • Respect the wild. Follow national and marine park rules, as well as animal cues: do not get out of your car in a safari park with predators around, respect the silence rule in bird sanctuaries, avoid touching coral reefs, etc.

People welfare

  • Support the local communities by purchasing locally-made products.
  • Use an experienced local guide when exploring historical sites. This way, you will contribute to the local employment, unlock the local knowledge, and connect with the community.
  • Pay a fair price: if bargaining, aim for a price that is fair for both you and the seller.