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Travelers’ Resolutions For 2016

by Jack Guy

Jan 10, 2016

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As we welcome in the New Year many people like to set themselves resolutions for the year ahead, but what could travelers do differently in 2016?

 

Whenever we travel we are effectively ambassadors for our nations and cultures. In many places locals are left with a bad taste due to the bad behavior of tourists, but there are a number of ways in which you can ensure your visit is seen in a positive light.

 

Sustainable travel is a major way in which we can help locals appreciate tourism. To ensure the communities benefit from your stay, support locally-run businesses rather than international companies that funnel profits out of the country.

 

Reduce your carbon footprint by offsetting any emissions incurred on your trip. Every airline offers the opportunity to make a donation to emissions offset schemes before booking, so give a few dollars back to the environment rather than opting out.

 

On a more local level, it is important tourists enter and leave an area without leaving any trace of themselves behind. Take all your waste with you on hiking trips and take responsibility for its proper disposal.

 

Support organizations that work in the area you are visiting. Whether that means dropping in to volunteer for a day or simply engaging with them on social media, every little action can have a huge effect on people.

 

Engage with locals in order to maintain a connection between local communities and tourists. While no one is expecting you to become fluent in Swahili for a two-week trip to Kenya, taking the time to interact with guides and other staff makes a huge difference to other people’s perceptions.

 

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