Being an ethically responsible traveller

Whenever you go to another country as a tourist, no matter how long you spend, you should be:

  • respectful of the culture that you enter into;
  • embrace the people, culture, language and spirit of the place, and appreciate that it can be a culture shock;
  • be open to new experiences;
  • be tolerant and patient ; and most of all
  • keep a positive attitude and frame-of-mind and be able to have a laugh at situations.

Particularly if you are a traveller from a developed country going into a developing country, by birth you are already quite fortunate in many ways. No doubt there is still poverty and people who are doing it very tough in developed countries as well. So charity, a charitable mindset and goodwill are some things you should consider both at home and whilst abroad.

Whilst on holidays:

Ultimately you only know the best choices and options for you, so I just recommend you do as much research as you can to make an informed decision about where you are going, how you are travelling to a destination self-driven holiday or with a tour company, and what you will do and how you will act when you get there.

Socially responsible travel is the responsibility of every global citizen, and everyone can make a difference with their choices.

I love the quote by Anna Lappe that”every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want”. Small Planet Institute is her website.

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