When we think of travel, we think of vacation time away from everyday life where responsibilities are left behind and relaxation and fun take over for a short time. However, what we tend to forget is that with travel, comes a degree of responsibility.
When traveling, particularly in foreign countries, it’s important to do research about what is expected of you in terms of social norms and laws. While there may not be any penalties for not following certain norms in a foreign country, your actions may be frowned upon if you choose to act in an irresponsible manner.
Responsible Travel has many benefits for both you and your destination. You will gain the respect of the local people if you act responsibly and your actions will have a positive impact on the destination.
Some of the responsible things you can do while travel include following the rules for disposing of garbage and recyclables, acting in a socially responsible manner when it comes to alcohol consumption, learning keywords in the local language to make communication easier and learning about how to communicate and address people in a respectful manner.