The world has become a much smaller place, we are more easily connected to family members living at other ends of the world and more direct flights and accessibility to exotic destinations means we are able to travel with ease. However, with said changes, it is more important than ever that we embrace local cultures and travel to new destinations in a responsible, appreciative manner.
Here are our top tips on how you can be more ethically, economically and socially responsible on your next journey.
Preparation is key
Preparation is key when you are traveling to a new place. Be it a certain dress code you need to abide by, local or religious traditions you need to respect or different laws that are implemented in the destination. For example, in India you will need to keep your arms covered and your trousers and skirts below the knee when you are visiting temples, while in China, using social media channels such as Facebook is banned. Read up on your destination before you go or ask your Travelling Concierge if you’re concerned about anything throughout your trip.
Respect the local wildlife
While travelling to new, certainly more exotic destinations, you’re sure to come across fascinating creatures you may not have got up close to before. While it can be tempting to want to get closer to them, it is important to be respectful. At Luxury Gold, we do not include any experiences that may cause harm or discomfort to an animal. During an experience in Bikaner on our Imperial Rajasthan journey, you’ll visit a camel research farm. We do not include camel rides, instead we wish to focus on learning more about these striking creatures.
Find out more: Head to Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica, where you’ll learn about the major conservation efforts underway to preserve one of the world’s last remaining tropical dry rainforests.
Respect the locals
Everywhere you go you should make sure you respect the locals, it’s their home. Ask permission if you want to take pictures of local people and their houses, and where possible ask questions about their life and take an interest in their culture. What better way to learn about a country and its culture than through its people?
Learn more about the local way of live in Nepal on our Magnificent Nepal & Bhutan journey.
Cut down on plastic
You would recycle in your own country so why not while traveling? Where possible refill your water bottles. This may be difficult in certain countries, where the water is dangerous, but where tap water is safe to drink, try to think about the environment. It’s also a good idea to carry an ethical bag around with you for your souvenir purchases, to avoid further plastic consumption.
Invest in the local economy
Give back to the area you’re visiting by buying locally produced products. From souvenirs to local delicacies, by buying from local shops and markets, you know the money is going to those that worked hard for it.
Don’t limit your responsible travel to the days you are away, bring it back and let it influence your daily life. From the fascinating animals you have seen, to the different cultures you have experienced and the social structures you have learnt about, don’t forget your travels, they are developmental and will teach you more about how you want to live in your own society. Share your journey with others and support people to travel responsibly on their own journeys.
Educate fellow travelers about the indigenous Guarni people after a journey on our Classic South America trip.
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