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Last Updated Wednesday December 14 2016 06:07 PM IST

Responsible tourism: 5 tips to help you be one

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Responsible tourism: 5 tips to help you be one Traveling. Photo: Istock

Onam holidays are here. It is the time when you will pack your bags and go off on a trip. While there is nothing wrong in going on a trip and sharing selfies on social media there are certain things that you have to keep in mind. A list

Respect local culture

You may be traveling to places that you know about. Or to places away from Kerala. Know that each land has a different culture. And it is your duty as a traveler to respect the local culture. If you do not know something, ask. A smile is a good conversation opener with strangers. 

Around wildlife

Responsible tourism: 5 tips to help you be one On a jungle safari. Photo: Istock

You may be planning a trek or an adventure with friends. And it may take you near a forest. Remember, the forest belongs to the animals. Do not litter, throw bottles that may break on the paths that animals follow. You can go to a hospital if you get a glass shard stuck to your foot, the animals can't.  Frequent traveler Lavanya Singhal lists out the dos and don'ts while traveling to a forest.

Minimize your waste

Do not litter holds good not just in the forests zones. Anywhere you go try not to litter, use the bins that are kept for the purpose. If you cannot find a bin, carry the litter to the nearby place where there are bins. Remember, it is these food waste that helps the stray dog population to increase too. 

Lower your footprint

Responsible tourism: 5 tips to help you be one Representative image. Photo: Istock

Use public transport as much as you can. Or go in groups. Reduce the carbon footprint. A group of motorbikes revving their engines may sound music to your ears. But give the animals a consideration. 

Educate other travelers
 

Being responsible does not end with you. Each of you is a flag-bearer. Spread the word to people around you. And there is no harm in cleaning up the litter left by others. By doing that, you are leaving behind something for the future generations. 

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