Responsible Travel Journeys
journeys are designed to maximize the benefit and minimize the harm
involved in tourism with an emphasis on environmental social and
economic grassroots local initiatives.
There are a lot of misconceptions that being a responsible traveler means you have to travel backpacker style, low budget as basic as possible and never flying on a jumbo jet because of the carbon emissions. While the idea is admirable, it’s just not realistic for most travelers.
To be a responsible traveler, you are making an effort to go deeper than a surface, guide book understanding of the places you visit. It can be as simple as small changes to the way you view your journey to new places and how you interact with local culture.
Being socially and culturally aware when you travel, understanding your effect on the places you visit and trying to make that affect a positive one, will enhance and enrich your travels in so many ways and improve the world around you at the same time.
As defined in the Cape Town Declaration
Minimizes negative economic, environmental, and social impacts; Generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities, Improves working conditions and access to the industry; Involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances; Makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world’s diversity; Provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues; Provides access for physically challenged people; and Is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence
Responsible travel Global Code of Ethics
Open your mind to other cultures and traditions, be tolerant and respect diversity, observe social and cultural traditions and practices Respect human rights. Exploitation in any form conflicts with the fundamental aims of tourism. Help preserve natural environments. Protect wildlife and habitats and do not purchase products made from endangered plants or animals. Respect cultural resources. Activities should be conducted with respect for the artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage. Contribute to economic and social development. Purchase local handicrafts and products to support the local econom. Inform yourself about the destination’s current health situation and access to emergency and consular services. Understand the customs, norms and traditions. Avoid behaviour that could offend the local population. Be informed with national regulations