For a responsible traveller

RECOMMENDATIONS

Travel and tourism should be conceived and practiced as a means of personal and collective development. If they are carried out with an open mind, they are an irreplaceable factor of self-education, mutual tolerance and learning of the legitimate differences between peoples and cultures and their diversity.

We all have a role to play in generating travel and responsible tourism. Governments, businesses and communities should certainly provide it by all means, but you too, as a visitor, can sensibly support this goal in many ways.

 

Open yourself to cultures and traditions different from your own, your experience will be transformed, you will earn the respect of the local population, and this make you feel welcome more easily. Be tolerant and respect diversity; observe the social and cultural traditions and practices of the place. Remember that by travelling you learn, and fortunately there is much to learn.

 

Help preserve the natural environment, which allows us all to enjoy the different landscapes that our planet offers and your holidays and adventures will remain unique and unrepeatable. Protect the flora and fauna and their habitat, and do not buy products made from plants or animals in danger of extinction.

Respect cultural resources. Tourist activities should be practiced with respect. Always keep in mind that the wealth of a destination is in its artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage. Enjoy it responsibly.

Your trip can contribute to economic and social development. Remember that by buying crafts and local products, you support the local economy, with the added value of taking home a piece of the places you visit. Please also adhere to the principles of fair trade.

Before leaving for a trip, inform yourself about the current health situation of your destination and about access to consular and emergency services, and make sure that your health and personal security will not be in danger. On the Internet it is very easy to find information about places, hotels, customs, and even other travellers’ experiences that will give you a more accurate concept of what you can expect from your trip. Make sure you also cover your specific needs (food, accessibility or medical attention) before deciding to travel to a specific destination.

Gather as much information as possible about your destination, and spend time understanding local customs, norms and traditions. Knowing this information enriches the visitor and the destination, avoiding behaviours that may offend the local population. Experience the culture to understand it.


Find out about current legislation so as not to commit any act that is considered criminal in the visited country. Avoid drugs, weapons, antiquities, protected species, or products or substances that are dangerous or prohibited by national regulations.