8 Signs That You’re a Responsible Traveler Having the option to hop on a plane to the other side of the world is a privilege. At a minimum, you’ll come home from that trip to Peru next month with a collection of stories for your friends and family. Some trips go beyond that, permanently changing […]
Having the option to hop on a plane to the other side of the world is a privilege. At a minimum, you’ll come home from that trip to Peru next month with a collection of stories for your friends and family. Some trips go beyond that, permanently changing your lifestyle or perspective. For example, since leaving China, my once-favourite Dim Sum restaurant in London hasn’t seemed nearly half as good – but at least my relationship with chopsticks has improved.
And that’s the thing with travel: it’s a give and take situation – and, let’s be honest, we usually do more taking than giving. So the big question is, as privileged but conscious travelers, do we have the responsibility to give something back to the places we visit? The answer is yes, we do. And the first step is to be a responsible traveler.
But what does this really mean? To make sure you’re travelling responsibly, here are a 8 steps you should take before, during, and after your trip.
Understanding local customs isn’t an easy process – it takes time and effort. There is no science behind getting this right and whilst you’re not expected to “go local” right away, you should have the basics covered before visiting a new place.
There’s no doubt that the most beautiful travel moments are unplanned – the great restaurant you accidentally find on your way home, the hidden beach you stumble upon during your morning walk, and the amazing people you meet by chance. Being a responsible traveler isn’t about losing these moments – it’s about embracing them consciously, and sharing the enjoyment with the local community.