Top 10 Sustainable Travel Tips

Pesalat Reforestation Area (Image courtesy of Priyadi) – Sustainable travel is about respect and care for local environment, culture and economy. A responsible way to travel is to conserve those natural resources that we all use, including air, water, and land, which can also support local cultures – a great way to exercise your positive influence in places that you travel to, just by making more sustainable selections when it comes to transportation, lodging, dining, and other activities during your trip.

So, here are top 10 sustainable travel tips:

1. Be informed, learn about the country’s history, world heritage sites, current events and social problems.

2. Respect the local culture, observe local taboos and matters of etiquette.

3. Protect the environment, reduce your energy consumption and waste production. Tread lightly through natural areas. Don’t buy souvenirs or eat meals produced from endangered species.

4. Engage in local culture. The saying, “While in Papua do as the Papuans” still applies today. Your trip provides a unique opportunity to explore a new culture and to see the world through a different perspective. Remember that eating local foods, shopping in local markets, and attending local festivals are all part of experiencing the culture.

5. Shop locally, spend your money at family businesses.

6. Learn the language, take a language course or at least learn to say ‘Hello’, ‘Please and ‘thank you’ in every country you visit.

7. Ask before you click, learn to say ‘may I take your picture?’ in the local language.

8. Be money wise, know how much things should cost; don’t expect something for nothing, but don’t let hustlers take advantage of you.

9. Distribute your sustainable travel tips. In addition to telling family and friends about the wonderful memories you made, also consider sharing tips on how they too can positively impact the World while having an amazing journey. Share your photos. Pictures can say a thousand words.

10. Give back, volunteer at an orphanage or wildlife sanctuary or help school children practise their English-language skills. Traveling often opens your eyes and heart to something new. You can continue to preserve our inspirational World Heritage sites for generations to come by making a donation to a local charity.

Happy green dives!

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