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Responsible Tourism

Before heading off on holiday, learn about where you are going. Understand the difference between your home and your holiday destination. Learning some of the local language can go a long way.

• If concerned about the carbon emission from flying, plan your route in the most direct way and you can even offset it by walking or using public transport in country. You might even want to consider a ‘staycation’.

• Choose an eco-friendly hotel.

• Look at hiring a local guide as you help support the locals and will gain some great knowledge of the area.

• If you are interested in eating exotic cuisines ask questions about the food items, especially if it is meat, as it maybe an endangered species. If unsure it maybe best to avoid consuming the food.

• Support local economies by purchasing handicrafts, but avoid wildlife products such as seashells, coral and tortoiseshell.

• Consider visiting local projects that conserve wildlife habitats and/or protect endangered species such as wildlife sanctuaries. If you feel inclined you may want to donate to a program that is supporting the community or conservation.

• Be very weary of wildlife tourist attractions. If keen to see a wildlife attraction do a lot research about the attractions you wish to see. For more information on animal welfare abroad you can follow this link: https://www.ifaw.org/international/our-work/wildlife-trade/animal-welfare-tips-tourists