THE RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER

Tourism is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing industries causing stress on remaining biologically diverse habitats and indigenous cultures, which are often used to support mass tourism.

The responsible traveller is the concept of visiting somewhere as a tourist and trying to make a positive impact on the environment, society and economy. As a responsible traveller, you must be sensitive to environment and social issues, seek to protect destinations and can reduce the impact of tourism in many ways:

Informing yourself of the culture, politics and economy of the communities visited

Conserving resources by seeking out destinations that are environmentally conscious

Respecting and supporting local cultures by favouring destinations which conserve cultural heritage and traditional values

Supporting local economies by purchasing local goods

TIPS FOR THE RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER

Pack smart and less

Buy electronic tickets to reduce paper waste

Book non-stop flights or one-stop flights

Book your tickets with airlines that are carbon neutral (Visit International Air Transport Association website)

Walk, bike or explore in group whenever possible

Choose and support responsible restaurants and accommodations. Explore this guide as we highlight only places who are acting responsibly

Carry your own reusable water bottle (you can use water refill stations everywhere) and reusable bags everywhere you go

Say no to single use plastic

Refuse extra packaging

Try to use more natural products during your stay

Take short and cold showers: Live in the tropical life

Reuse your clothes as much as possible before thinking laundry

When in an hotel, hang up and reuse your towel as much as possible

Always turn off lights, AC and television when leaving a room. Closing your curtains and blinds can help keep out the heat during the day

Leave the “do not disturb” sign on the door of your room when you don’t need cleaning

Return our printed guide, maps, brochures and other tourist information’s once you’re done so that they can be reused by future travellers or recycled

Buy locally made products

Seek out local artisans when you can; when you buy directly from an artist, you’re not only supporting them and their family, you also contribute to preserve the local culture

Eat and drink local as much as you can

Don’t take any tour that promises hands-on encounters with wild-animals, such as riding elephants

Learn a few basics of Bahasa Indonesia. You’ll be amazed on how knowing simple phrases such as “terima kasih” will impact the way locals treat you

Give back. Sign up for voluntary projects or non-profit organization to help the community as much as possible

Immerse yourself in the local culture. Be a participant, not just an observer.

Use a natural insect repellent daily

Wash your hands or use a natural hand sanitizer often to avoid bacteria that could lead to Bali Belly

Use (reef-safe) sunscreen daily

When snorkelling or diving, don’t touch/step on the coral as it can damage the reef’s fragile ecosystem

Avoid removing shells and stones from the beach

Respect national parks by always staying on paths and trails as marked

Pick up any trash you see during your Bali experience

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