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Sustainable Tourism
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From Wikipedia: Sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting a place as a tourist and trying to make only a positive impact on the local environment, society and economy. "Tourism" may include your transportation to the destination. your local transportation, accommodations, entertainment, meals and shopping. It can be related to travel for leisure, business, and visiting friends and relatives.

Before you go

  • Read up on local cultures and learn a few words of the local language - traveling with respect earns you respect.
  • Remove all excess packaging  - waste disposal is difficult in remote places and developing countries
  • Ask your travel agent for specific tips for responsible travel in your destination 
  • Ask your travel agent if there are useful gifts that you could pack for the local people or schools
  • Ask your travel agent whether there are local conservation or social projects that you could visit on your trip, and if/how you could help support them

While on vacation

  • Buy local produce in preference to imported goods
  • Hire a local guide - you'll discover more about local culture and lives, and they will earn an income
  • Do not buy products made from endangered species, hard woods or ancient artifacts
  • Respect local cultures, traditions and holy places - if in doubt ask advice or don't visit
  • Use public transport, Hire a bike or walk when convenient – it’s a great way to meet local people on their terms and reduce pollution and carbon emissions
  • Use water sparingly – it’s very precious in many countries and tourists tend to use far more than local people
  • Remember that local people have different ways of thinking and concepts of time, this just makes them different, not wrong
  • Cultivate the habit of asking questions (rather than the Western habit of knowing the answers).

When you get home

  • Give us your feedback about your vacation, including any suggestions on reducing environmental impacts and increasing benefits to local communities. 
  • If you've promised to send pictures or gifts to local people remember to do so, many are promised and not all arrive!
  • Why not donate to a local project in the area you’ve visited? Take a look at Kiva for community and environmental projects around the world.
  • Enjoy the memories, reflect on your experience and start planning your next trip!