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Tips for Enjoying an Ethical Vacation

Make your vacation beneficial to your hosts
and the environment

While spending time at home during your time off can be rewarding, there’s simply nothing like traveling. You have an opportunity to experience a new environment. However, you must show respect to the destination and its local residents. In addition, many vacation-goers are concerned about the environmental impact of their actions.

A cozy country home, for an enthical vacation
We like our home to be neat and tidy. So do others. When the others extend their hospitality
to you, do something in return so that they and the environment benefit from your visit.

With that it mind, here are some tips for enjoying an ethical vacation.

Support the Local Businesses

When visiting a different country, be sure to support its local businesses. Some of the mom-and-pop stores depend on tourist money to stay in operation. Furthermore, these shops often have unique items that you won’t find anywhere else. Of course, it’s always a good idea to dine at one of the nearby restaurants. Don’t be afraid to try something different from the norm.

Clean Up After Yourself

Make it a point to clean up after yourself. Leaving behind a mess makes you seem irresponsible. Not only is littering disrespectful to the community, but it’s also bad for the environment. Even a few gum wrappers can help ruin the appearance of a beautiful beach. To help cut down on your amount of trash, bring along a reusable water bottle when traveling.

Think Green

It’s easy to think that the small choices we make don’t matter, but we can all do our part to source our clothes and food from local and ethical sources. Some swimsuit providers like dosgardenias.com make sure that their cloth comes from ethical and renewable sources. Think about how you can bring along reusable water bottles, bamboo fiber bags, and earth-conscious fashion choices

Be Kind to the Wildlife

If you’re an animal lover, you already understand the importance of being kind to Mother Nature’s creatures. Even if the thought of riding an African elephant or swimming with captured dolphins seems fun, resist the urge to do so. In many cases, this is complete torture for the animals. A better option is to visit a local wildlife reserve that doesn’t exploit the area’s wildlife.

Don’t Give Kids Money

Although it may seem like a good-hearted gesture, think twice about giving cash to kids who are begging for money. In some foreign areas, these kids are actually being used by greedy exploiters. The children rarely benefit from the money. If you really want to help with poverty, a better approach is to donate to a trustworthy organization.

A vacation away from home can be exciting. However, you must maintain great moral principles wherever you decide to go. Who says you can’t have fun while still being ethical?

Author bio

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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