Responsible Tourist

Responsible Tourism is about “making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit.” Responsible Tourism requires that operators, hoteliers, governments, local people and tourists take responsibility, take action to make tourism more sustainable.
What is it I can do to be responsible tourist ? When I started to travel I came across the term responsible tourist. I would love to share the idea of being a responsible tourist.
1. Sustainable hotels : Choose your stay with a Sustainable hotels. These are establishments that try to reduce to the minimum the consumption of natural resources, the expense of energy or the emissions and they take special care of the waste treatment so their environmental impact is as low as possible. 2. Make the most of public transport: Always try and use public transport, over taxis, even when you arrive in a new country. Ask in your hotel, they can usually provide you with maps and explain costs.
3. Choose an ethical tour operator: If you’re concerned that money spent on organising your trip is going solely in to travel agents’ pockets without benefitting the community, then do your homework before you book. This is particularly important if you plan on volunteering.
4. Eco friendly travel : By choosing carbon offset adventures, avoiding bottled water, replacing tissues with towels, avoiding food wastage etc.. these are small steps we can to make world a better place to live.
5. Ethical tourism : As tempting as it might be to take that shiny seashell or colourful bit of coral home as a souvenir, being a responsible tourist means leaving nature alone. Avoid buying goods made from materials collected as a result of illegal poaching, for example ivory or certain animal skins. Even some tropical hard woods, like sandalwood, should be left where they belong and not carted back in your suitcase.
Responsible tourism is not an easy topic to explain, or discuss. Next time you travel, look into whether or not a hotel is owned and operated by locals, are there tour companies that employ local people from the community that you just happen to be travelling in? Looking for a bite to eat? Check to see if there are any local hot spots to check out. Educating yourself about local businesses and how to support the communities will definitely change the way you travel going forward and make you a smart and responsible travelle

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