Ethical tourism is now becoming a buzzword from recent months. Tourists are now more aware of their activities during their visit to different places. The consequences of any tourist’s visit could leave a mark on the mind of the locals that could be negative or positive. On the other hand, some tourist companies are exploiting the traveling niche and are creating misconceptions related to false environment claims. Following are some steps that you can adopt to ethical tourism:
1. Pack light and explore more:
Try to avoid buying unnecessary travel items, and pack light. Do not pack the things that are not needed during your travel. This will provide you with ease of travel. One more thing that should be kept in mind is that first try to explore your own country than thinking about any other place outside your country. The environment would be eco-friendly, as you do not require fuel to travel. Prioritize those options that require cycling or walking to explore multiple destinations.
2. Immerse yourself in the local culture:
Try to immerse yourself in the local culture as if what you can do is to try their traditions and cultural practices. Try to be curious about things to eat and prefer. Food is a way of connecting different people, as it is a state of giving respect to the locals. Practicing one’s culture is a way of showing kindness and supporting the local economy. Also, if you are going to travel in a group, try to be with those who actually show respect towards the environment and culture.
3. Engage with the local community:
Interacting with people of different communities is a way of sharing love and kindness between different communities. The locals do share their cultures and traditions; also, they serve as a guidebook to the tourists. It increases our interest and more concern about the place out there.
4. Look after the environment:
Check if flying is the only way to visit for a trip! If no try to use eco-friendly transport that would rather be a cycle or you would prefer a walk too. This alternative could be proved beneficial for the environment. Also, do not throw the rubbish or any garbage in the natural places, as it is not convenient for the locals there.
5. Leave wild animals in the wild:
Avoid buying the things that are made from the skin or shells of the wild animals. These include corals, shells, horns, teeth, and animal skin. These things are made by hurting or killing the animals so avoid coming across these kinds of things.
6. Do your research first:
Research is very important before you go for a trip, as it could prove a way to save your budget sometimes. Check out the company, as there are some companies, which have a high budget, so compare between multiple companies, and choose the one, which suits you the best. Search out about the food, their cultures, and traditions.
These are some of the things that must be kept in mind for an ethical trip.