Ethical tourism We believe in ethical and sustainable tourism

Respect the People

  • Don’t take pictures of people without their consent. If you’d like a photo of a local person, just ask! Respect their answer if they say no. This is especially important when it comes to kids.
  • Support local businesses! Do your part by supporting local restaurants, artisans, and shops while in country.
  • Learn some of the local language - even a couple phrases shows you’re making an effort and can help you navigate in a foreign country.

Respect the Culture

  • Do your part to understand cultural differences in the country you are visiting.
  • In more conservative countries, respect the locals by covering up your knees and shoulders.
  • Take some time to research cultural etiquette and manners. For example, gestures that might be polite in your culture can be seen as largely inappropriate in others.

Respect the Land

  • Be plastic conscious and try to reduce your waste.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle and refill at the hotel or in restaurants.
  • When hiking or exploring natural areas, stay within boundary ropes and on pathways. Soil can become highly degraded in high traffic areas, so reduce your impact by staying on the trail!
  • Follow the signs, they’re there for a reason! (Do Not Enter, No Trespassing, Do Not Swim, etc.)

Respect the Wildlife

  • You should avoid animal riding of any sort, pay-for photos with animals, animal performances, and any activity where you are suspicious that the animals might not be treated humanely.
  • There are internationally accredited animal centers that do amazing work AND offer opportunities to interact with the animals in a humane manner. These are offered on some of our trips!
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