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Say NO to Illegal Trade
Buy from local businesses so you circulate money in the local economy and create jobs for local people. Patronize businesses that are not engaged in illegal trade, the exploitation of humans and the looting of artefacts.
Don’t Take “Souvenirs”
Whether rocks from the Great Wall of China, sea shells from Hawaii or corals from the Barrier Reef, they are actually illegal to take. Real souvenirs should be bought, not taken freely.
Don’t Give To Beggars
Begging only encourages local people to continue asking tourists for money. If you really want to help, perhaps buy the person some food or drink instead. You can also seek out local organizations who work with underprivileged community.
Respect The Local Culture
It is a privilege to live in a world with diverse people and to be able to experience their fascinating cultures. Before you travel, study the customs of the people It is also essential to show respect to local customs and traditions when we travel.
Against Animal Cruelty
Ensure that the establishment offering wildlife tour to sustainable and responsible practices that are in the best interests of the animals. Don’t be a part of tours that promote animal cruelty. You may be indirectly encouraging the ill-treatment of the animals.
Bargaining in a lively local market is all part of the fun when travelling but make sure to positively support the livelihoods of traders by keeping in mind that the goal is to pay the fairest price for everyone, not the cheapest.
Do not support animal tourism because almost every single animal attraction is negative. The list includes riding elephants, elephant 'sanctuaries', tiger temples, swimming with dolphins, animal performances, hunting etc.
Don’t Support Animal Tourism
Purchase Carbon Offsets
Travelling by air is a huge source of pollution. Consider offsetting your carbon footprint by paying a few dollars extra the next time you book a flight. This can be done by purchasing carbon offsets which are sometimesoffered by airlines like Delta Airlines, Air New Zealand or Jetstar.
Always choose ethnically diverse, local gift shops and artisan sellers. Spend less on products that are not nature-friendly like leather, timber, paper and plastic. Also, avoid products made from endangered species, shells or corals. Lastly, remember to bring your reusable shopping bag and water bottle.
Choose Your Activities with Care
In poorer places, some activities which locals are willing to provide tourists are dangerous, questionably ethical, and often
exploitative. This part of responsible tourism requires the travellers to analyse the impact of the activity before participating in it, especially when it involves the wellbeing of wildlife.
Seek Ethical Animal Encounters
Tourists’ demand for animal entertainment has led to many occasions where they are harshly trained, kept confined, and treated poorly. Even though the tables are turning due to increased awareness, you must still be well informed so you don’t get tricked into supporting an unethical venture.
Give Maps a Second Life
After using a map or brochure of a city, leave it on your hotel desk for future guests to use instead of throwing it away. If you are tech-savvy, you may download your location in Google Maps on your phone when you’re in wi-fi, turn on your GPS tracking abilities, and you’ll be able to get your location even when you’re out of cell service.
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