Also known as intentional, mindful, conscious, no footprint and green travel… The basic premise of responsible travel is to limit any negative impacts your travel could have on the planet.
Around the world, tourists have driven up rents, disrespected sacred monuments, and even defiled monuments when they wanted to leave their mark. That is a pretty shit thing to do! So how do you travel responsibly?
- Set your travel plan before you even set out. Figure out why are you travelling – do you want to party all the time, or do you want to relax with a cocktail on a beach; is it a work travel or do you want to explore the city. This will help you decide the best place for you to go! Imagine wanting to party all night long in a quiet place that is known for being religious? That’s something you should avoid.
- Leave as you came: Don’t leave the place worse than it was when you came. Avoid littering, avoid ruining monuments or places, and don’t paint graffiti. Be responsible – you are in someone else’s home.
- Respect local culture: Read up on the laws and religious, culture rules of the place. You don’t want to do something that would upset the locals. Learn basic local language like to say hello, bye, please, thank you and sorry. It would go a long way in helping you out with the locals.
- Use public transport: You reduce pollution, avoid being cheated and save money. It’s a win-win.
- Be green: Avoid using plastic bags, don’t leave lights on or the tap running in your hotel, try using reusable bottles instead of plastic bottles