8 Ways to be
a More Responsible Traveler
By Janelle Almosara
Traveling has been more accessible than ever – with the rise of cheap airline tickets, affordable ‘joiner’ tours, and easy to follow (not to mention, cheap) DIY itineraries, more and more people are starting to appreciate traveling. This is not a bad thing – if anything, being able to explore new places is a great way to learn and understand others and the world that we live in. However, with the rise of this traveling trend, some people seem to have forgotten how to take care of the places that they visit. With issues such as overcrowding mountains, thrashing beaches, and the recent forest fire in Mt. Pulag, we think that now is a good time to be reminded that we have to be responsible when traveling – regardless if we’re going abroad or if we’re just exploring other parts of our country.
Here are 8 simple things that you should remember to become a more responsible traveler!
Choose your activities wisely
While traveling to see exotic animals (and sometimes, even indigenous people) have slowly become an attraction, as a traveler, it is our responsibility to do some digging and research before signing up for tours. It might be quite an ‘experience’ for us, but we should also be mindful of the possible damage that our participation might bring.
When visiting a place, even if it’s just within the country, it’s always best to learn a little bit about the customs and culture of the area that you’re planning to go to. Be aware of the things you do, wear appropriate clothing, and don’t make fun of the things that they treat as sacred. The last thing you want to be is to become an arrogant and ignorant tourist.
Be mindful of others
I know we’re in the day and age where everything must be documented – from vlogs to photos to Instagram stories – and to be quite honest, getting that ‘perfect shot’ can take a while. While this is a completely harmless activity, make sure you still stay mindful of other people. Perhaps it’s not a great idea to block other’s way or hold off your entire group from leaving just because you’re still taking that picture… right?
Have fun but know your boundaries
Traveling should be fun, that’s a non-negotiable. And while grabbing a few drinks before heading to bed is alright, just please know that it’s not a great idea to get wasted and become an inconvenience to other people. Come on, no one wants to hear you screaming your ex’s name while vomiting at 3:00 AM.