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Ethical Travel: What is it and how to do it properly - The Salt Box
Travel is one of the biggest industries in the world, and many countries rely on the money brought in from the droves of tourists each year. However, with the continuing growth in its popularity comes new issues, such as damage to the environment and to sacred land and architecture, or the impact of overcrowding on the daily lives of locals. As avid travellers, we need to be aware of how to minimize our impact on the places we visit and try and live by the motto “take only memories, leave only footprints”. In this article, we look at some of the ways that you can become a more ethical and sustainable traveller. Research the local culture before travelling One of the best reasons to travel is to experience cultures different from your own country, but as a tourist, you can come across as insensitive if you aren’t aware of these customs. Whether it’s the tipping system, the rules on public decency, alcohol consumption or appropriate dress codes, you should read up on the country you are visiting ahead of time and be prepared for what behaviour is considered respectful. READ: Beyond the Glass: Volunteering at a Winery It is also …