The “Responsible Tourist and Traveller” is a practical guide to help you make your trip an
The advice is based on the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism of the World Tourism
THE RESPONSIBLE TOURIST AND TRAVELLER
Travel and tourism should be planned and practiced as a means of individual and collective
fulfilment. When practiced with an open mind, it is an irreplaceable factor of self education,
mutual tolerance and for learning about the legitimate differences between peoples and
cultures and their diversity.
Everyone has a role to play 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.
3. Help preserve natural environments. Protect wildlife and habitats and do not purchase
products made from endangered plants or animals.
4. Respect cultural resources. Activities should be conducted with respect for the
artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage.
5. Your trip can contribute to economic and social development. Purchase local
handicrafts and products to support the local economy using the principles of fair trade.
Bargaining for goods should reflect an understanding of a fair wage.
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 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