Ethical Travel: How to be a Travel Hero

7 Ways You Can Be A Travel Hero

GET OFF THAT ELEPHANT

Love elephants? Then never, ever, ride one. Not only is the breaking-in process cruel; there are concerns that the popularity of elephant rides will lead to increased poaching of wild animals.

BUY LOCAL

If you want your travel dollar to make a difference, think about where you spend it. Eating at local restaurants and staying at local accommodation, instead of choosing international chains, ups the community benefits.

PACK YOUR OWN CHOPSTICKS

Heading to Asia? Then pack your own chopsticks. Yes, really. Most cheap-and-cheerful eateries supply free-of-charge disposable chopsticks; just think how much waste that generates each year.

AVOID THE CROWDS

Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Venice: some of the world’s most popular tourist destinations are being loved to death. Give them – and yourself – a break, and consider alternative, less-crowded destinations.

GIVE SMART

It takes a hard heart to ignore the poverty that is rife in some destinations. However, the ugly truth is that in many countries, criminal gangs run begging rackets. Give your dollars to organised charities instead, where you know they will do good.

PLASTIC’S NOT FANTASTIC

Help reduce the tide of plastic waste by travelling with a reusable water bottle. Not every country has drinkable tap water, of course, but you can often refill your bottle with filtered water at your hotel.

GO CARBON-NEUTRAL

We all know that flying is bad for the planet, but only one in 10 passengers invest in carbon offsets. Another way to minimize your carbon footprint: swap the plane for the train. Japanese and European high-speed trains are great options for long-distance travel.

We travel for different reasons, some for vacations, some for fun, or some are passionate about seeing the entire world. No matter our reason is, one thing we should keep in mind is Responsible Tourism. Let’s help connect our communities, open minds and hearts, and help start the change we wish to see in the world. 

It just takes one rock in a pond to start a ripple that turns into a wave. Be a hero in your own right. 

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