Be a responsible tourist or traveller, but what does it mean exactly? For me, that's what I strive to do:
🌿Ditch the touristy stuff and go meet locals.
🌿Understand their culture, be eager to learn more, and share your story with them. This promotes understanding, builds trusts, bridges indifference and encourages community-shaping.
🌿 eat local fruits, eat at local food stalls or restaurants
🌿shop local wherever possible
🌿hands OFF the wildlife (we've been there, including myself. I touched lion cubs before and now know it was not OK). No riding on elephants.
🌿enjoy your destination on foot if you can.
🌿just because you're a guest at a hotel doesn't mean you own the land - be courteous and kind to those serving you and looking after you
🌿use reef safe sun lotion/cream
🌿don't encourage activities that harm animals or cause distress
🌿be kind to all you meet on your trip
🌿volunteer where you can
🌿join local communities such as churches, NGOs or other charity organizations and give a helping hand
🌿talk to strangers and make friends with them - LOVE ❤️ #spreadlove
🌿ditch food chains and eat at small local spots
🌿pick up your trash!
🌿save water 💦- yes even in your luxury hotel room
🌿save energy where possible (switch off lights, aircon when not in use)
🌿respect sacred places, religious buildings, special monuments. No photos for IG rather enjoy what you see and learn. None of this posing in front of cemeteries or landmarks where many died!! That's just cruel and insensitive.
🌿abide by the country's laws, culture, religion
🌿be respectful when visiting over religious festivals
🌿research before you do something (it might be illegal, cruel to animals or people)
🌿enjoy but in moderation
🌿take lessons and treasures in your heart, leave nothing but love and kindness after you go