Responsible Tourism

As a tourist, it’s always best to forget about your selfish interests and intents. Because you’re the visiting one, because you’re the one who’s new, you also have to acknowledge that you’re not the boss in the place you’re visiting. Thus, there are several rules that you need to be aware of and at the same time follow. These rules will then help you along the way of becoming a more responsible tourist.

Another aspect of responsible hk sightseeing is to actually appreciate what you are seeing. Remember that you are going to that place for a reason and it shouldn’t just be for any superficial goal. You need to experience the culture, the people, the environment, and the cuisine. Immersing yourself into these aspects of the country you are visiting is just the right thing to do as a visitor.

Locals are also often proud of what they have to offer to travelers and showing appreciating for this is a really good way to connect with them. This is highly advised, too.

Some Rules for Responsible Tourist

Rule #1: Resist the urge to give money to beggars.

Here is a common tendency for local beggars in any country: they almost always seem to target the foreigners. And while you may take pity on them, always remember that giving to them will only serve to fuel social inequality. If you keep giving, you only end up becoming part of the problem and not of the solution.

Rule #2: Remember to shop locally.

Ditch the tacky tea towels or mass-produced fridge magnets; buy your souvenirs from local shops and handicraft boutiques. Same goes for eating out; try to find some delicious home cooking and sample local cuisine. This will encourage cultural artistic traditions, help support local businesses and you’ll have a truly authentic and unique gift to take home with you. (Remember the delicious local cuisine from that Amsterdam holiday? That’s the reward you get for going local.)

Rule #3: Make the most out of public transport.

While you were probably enamoured by your previous Amsterdam holiday where you just walked the city away, there’s also much beauty to be had from trying out the public transport in other countries and cities. It’s such a treat because it’s one good way to experience life from the point of view of the locals, and not as a tourist. You get to share life with them and have a sense of their daily routine.

Rule #4: It’s best to choose an ethical tour operator.

If you’re concerned that money spent on organising your trip is going solely in to travel agents’ pockets without benefitting the community, then do your homework before you book. This is particularly important if you plan on volunteering. While offering your time and money for a worthy cause is commendable, it’s less so if volunteers are keeping local workers out of jobs, or forcing under-resourced institutions to spend money updating facilities for tourists.