Everyone has a role to play in creating responsible travel and tourism. Governments, business and communities must do all they can, but as a guest you can support this in many ways to make a difference:
1. Open your mind to other cultures and traditions — it will transform your experience, you will earn respect and be more readily welcomed by local people. Be tolerant and respect diversity — observe social and cultural traditions and practices.
2. Respect human rights. Exploitation in any form conflicts with the fundamental aims of tourism. The sexual exploitation of children is a crime punishable in the destination or at the offender’s home country.
4. Respect cultural resources. Activities should be conducted with respect for the artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage.
6. Inform yourself about the destination’s current health situation and access to emergency and consular services prior to departure and be assured that your health and personal security will not be compromised. Make sure that your specific requirements (diet, accessibility, medical care) can be fulfilled before you decide to travel to this destination.
7. Learn as much as possible about your destination and take time to understand the customs, norms and traditions. Avoid behaviour that could offend the local population.
8. Familiarize yourself with the laws so that you do not commit any act considered criminal by the law of the country visited. Refrain from all trafficking in illicit drugs, arms, antiques, protected species and products or substances that are dangerous or prohibited by national regulations.
9. Report any problems or incidents as soon as possible to your driver so that it can be investigated and dealt with immediately. Do not be brave or try and play bravo or detective, let us get the right people to deal with the problem or incident.