Responsible Traveler

Wherever we go in the world, we take a responsible attitude with us.
That means traveling in a way which both respects and benefits local people, their culture, their economy, and their environment.

Top 12 Responsible Travel Tips

The following tips are for your overall travel plans:

Before leaving home, learn as much as possible about the countries you are visiting - the religion and culture, the local rules and values
Learn some of the local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple pleasantries will help break the ice. Keep practicing
Learn what's appropriate behaviour and body language. Like the concept of "saving face" in Asia or giving the thumbs up in western or central Europe
Support locally owned businesses, hotels, restaurants, and other services. Eat local food and drink local brands and brews. Use public transport, hire a bike or walk where convenient - you'll meet local people and get to know the place
Think first. It's best not to eat in restaurants, shop in stores or visit local shows, markets or zoos that promote cruelty or exploitation of endangered species
Shop from traditional artisans and for locally made products, helping keep traditional crafts alive and favour local products over imported items. Bargain if that is a local practice, but bear in mind that a small amount to you could be extremely important to the seller
Dress respectfully with an awareness of local standards. Dress modestly at religious sites and check what swim wear is suitable for pools and the beach
Always ask first before photographing or videoing people. Send them back copies of photos to help make it a two-way exchange
Be wary of giving gifts or money to beggars, children and people you have just met. Supporting the community through a local school, clinic, or development project may be more constructive
Leave only footprints...take care of the environment as you would your own home. Take out all you take in, to areas away from the cities. Use alternatives to plastic and say 'no' to plastic bags. For cigarette butts, an empty film container makes a perfect portable container
After returning home think how you can support programs and organizations that are working to protect the welfare, culture and environment of where you've been lucky to visit
Smile - The traveller who wishes to have a happy and successful trip should keep as calm, cheerful and friendly as humanly possible. And have fun!

Responsible Travel Code of Conduct

The following are FLY Backpackers's key principles for operating responsible tours. We aim to:

Spread the financial benefits amongst local people and operators
Provide employment and leadership opportunities for local people
Respect local customs and culture
Provide safe tours for FLY Backpackers' partners, staff, and travelers
Educate travelers about how and why we choose to travel this way
Limit the negative impacts to daily lifestyles of local people
Limit the physical impact of trips in all destination communities-particularly sensitive natural and cultural environments
Provide support to organizations and local communities visited
Provide fun enjoyable trips to your travel's friends
Provide opportunities for travelers to interact with local people
Actively ban partners, staff and passenger participation in or endorsement of commercial sexual activities or illegal drug use on FLY Backpackers tours
Actively discourage the participation of FLY Backpackers groups in activities which exploit animals - wild or domestic
Work to prevent the exploitation of children in tourism
Support and encourage fair employment practices
Give our travelers the best possible value

For more information on how to be a responsible traveller, region-specific guidelines, and voluntourism

Enjoy your trip!