We are committed to promoting the principles of ecotourism and responsible travel, with the goal of uniting conservation, communities and sustainable travel. By exploring alternative travel choices, you can have a unique trip and avoid leaving negative marks on cultures, economies, and the environment.
- At the hotel: Ask about environmental policies and practices. Talk with staff about working conditions. Does the hotel support community projects?
- Language: Learn a few words in the local language and use them.
- Dress: Read up on local conventions and dress appropriately. In many countries, modest dress is important.
- Behavior: Be respectful of local citizens’ privacy. Ask permission before entering sacred places, homes, or private land.
- Photos: Be sensitive to when and where you take photos/video of people. Always ask first.
- Environment: Respect the natural environment. Never touch or harass animals. Always follow designated trails. Support conservation by paying entrance fees to parks and protected sites.
- Animal products: Never buy crafts or products made from protected or endangered animals.
- Pay the fair price: Don’t engage in overly aggressive bargaining for souvenirs. Don’t short-change or pay too much on tips for services.
- Buy local: Choose locally-owned tour companies, lodges, hotels, and B&Bs. Use local buses, car rental agencies, and airlines. Eat in local restaurants, shop in local markets, and attend local festivals/events.
- Hire local guides: Enrich your experience and support the local economy. Ask guides if they are licensed and live locally. Are they recommended by tour operators?