The Responsible Traveller
Travel allows us to discover natural beauties, historical sites and above all the diversity of other societies and people. Be an informed traveller before boarding an airplane and discover what the people you'll meet at your destination can teach you.
Be Open-minded and Patient
Experience other cultures and lifestyles.
Local people welcome you. Show them gratitude and respect. Respect also local customs: the way you dress, behaviour in religious sites, displays of affection.
As travellers we are perceived as rich. Be generous in a constructive way by promoting the local economy.
Avoid and Denounce Exploitation
Avoid and denounce exploitation of the local people (low salaries, overwork, child abuse and sex).
Protect the Environment
Avoid overuse of water, wasting food, littering and damaging sites.
Leave a Good Impression
A positive experience with local people will pave the way for those coming after you leave.
Respect and mutual discovery will make your trip a wonderful experience and will promote your security and your health too!
This advice sheet has been reproduced from and promoted by the International Society of Travel Medicine.
- Website: www.istm.org/