Respect!

 

Be sensitive to local culture and customs. Be fair, travel with goodwill and take personal responsibility for your actions and their impact on the people and places you visit. This article provides tips on what to do before, during and after your eco-friendly holiday.

The international tourism industry is growing in leaps and bounds with numbers set to double in the next 15 years or so. While this brings enormous cultural and economic benefits more and more holidaymakers are deciding it’s up to them to minimize the impact.

Various conservation organisations have brought out guides on how to be an eco-friendly tourist. Whether you are lite green or dark green we hope these links will help. You’ll find much of the advice is duplicated and some of it plain common sense, some of it self-serving and a bit silly (such as one body including buying their t-shirt amongst some otherwise very good tips!).

So here are their mostly very good and thoughtful suggestions.

AITO (the Association of Independent Travel Operators) is a trade body with a long list of responsible, practical and detailed travel trips covering the holiday planning stage, while you are there and once you have returned home.

Natural England’s Countryside Code aims to help everyone to respect, protect & enjoy the countryside and sets out the responsibilities for the public and the people who manage the land.

Scottish Natural Heritage has its own Outdoor Access Code.

The International Ecotourism Society website features tips for travellers and says holidaymakers should make well informed decisions.

Many travel companies that practice eco-friendly tourism include extensive tips and advice on their websites. The Responsible Travel tips page points out that that it’s all about more authentic holiday experiences that enable you to get a little bit more out of your travels, and give a little bit more back to destinations and local people.

Tourism Concern, a registered charity and membership organisation that fights exploitation in tourism, has written a ten step action plan called 'AVOID GUILT TRIPS'.