Ecotourism – Responsible Travel Tips

Stonewood Retreat is passionate about and has been working towards a better environment for now, and the next generations. We are working with an ecotourism certification program at the moment and would love to share our new discoveries and progress within the retreat and amongst the worldwide community.
Watch this space!

 

Do’s and Don’ts While Traveling

By exploring alternative travel choices, you can have a unique trip and avoid leaving negative marks on cultures, economies, and the environment.

1. At the hotel/retreat/accommodation: Ask about environmental policies and practices. Talk with staff/hosts about working conditions. Does the hotel/retreat accommodation support community projects?

2. Language: Learn a few words of the local language and use them.

3. Dress: Read up on local conventions and dress appropriately. In many countries, modest dress is important.

4. Behavior: Be respectful of local citizens’ privacy. Ask permission before entering sacred places, homes, or private land.

5. Photos: Be sensitive to when and where you take photos/video of people. Always ask first.

6. Environment: Respect the natural environment. Never touch or harass animals. Always follow designated trails. Support conservation by paying entrance fees to parks and protected sites.

7. Animal products: Never buy crafts or products made from protected or endangered animals.

8. Pay the fair price: Don’t engage in overly aggressive bargaining for souvenirs. Don’t short-change on tips for services.

9. Buy local: Choose locally-owned lodges, hotels, and B&Bs. Use local buses, car rental agencies, and airlines. Eat in local restaurants, shop in local markets, and attend local festivals/events.

10. Hire local guides: Enrich your experience and support the local economy. Ask guides if they are licensed and live locally. Are they recommended by tour operators?

References:

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Ecotourism Australia

 

 

On June 7th, 2011, posted in: Ecotourism, News by

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