Responsible Travel Tips
Even though they’re primarily aimed at volunteer travellers, our friends at Learning Service have developed a series of short educational videos with travel tips we find very useful.
In short, responsible travel maximises the benefits, and minimises the negative impacts of tourism. From experience, we have seen that travelling can be an eye-opening experience and your trip doesn’t necessarily stop the moment you get home. Simply following a few simple travel tips will ensure that you are more likely to have a memorable holiday that also will benefit the local destination you are visiting whilst travelling and, importantly, after you get back home.
Before you travel
from the blog:
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Frequently Asked Questions:
- How do I know if 'green' places really are green?Unfortunately, there are no bulletproof ways to tell unless you do a bit of research before you travel. Many hotels, restaurants, tour operators and travel agents will, however, publish some of their awards and accolades on their website. Proactive companies would, in general, also be happy to tell you more about the various projects and initiatives they have implemented and work with and explain their environmental impact and how they support the local economy.
- Can I really save the world in a couple of days?Unfortunately, no. We’d love to be able to save the world ourselves, but what we can do is provide you with loads of responsible travel tips (of which we hope you will share with your friends, family and fellow travellers) and put you in touch with vetted organisations that will help you learn more about the destinations you are travelling to. Then it’s up to you to continue the good work after you’ve come back from your travels.
- What's your take on 'orphanage tourism'?Most people want to travel responsibly and ‘do some good’ whilst travelling. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous people take advantage on their generosity and genuine want to do good. For some, ‘a visit to an orphanage’ has even become an integral part of the tourist trail without thinking about the potential consequences. In line with current research, we don’t think children should be tourist attractions and, therefore, we strongly encourage people to do some research and learn more about the unintended consequences of people visiting (and volunteering at) orphanages. If in doubt, chances are that there are better ways to use your enthusiasm and, thus, benefit the local community in a more efficient manner.