Above: Craft Trader, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, THE CANARY ISLANDS

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Responsible Traveler Tips from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Protect Our Planet

  • Reduce your environmental impact by being a guardian of natural resources, especially forests and wetlands.
  • Respect wildlife and their natural habitats.
  • Purchase products that aren’t made using endangered plants or animals.
  • In protected areas, access only the places open to visitors.
  • Reduce your water and energy consumption whenever possible.
  • Leave only a minimum footprint and a good impression behind.

Support the Local Economy

  • Buy locally-made handcrafts and products.
  • Respect livelihoods of local vendors and artisans by paying a fair price.
  • Do not buy counterfeit products or items that are prohibited by national/international regulations.
  • Hire local guides with in-depth knowledge of the area.

Be an Informed Traveler

  • Take appropriate health and safety precautions prior and during your trip.
  • Know how to access medical care or contact your embassy in case of an emergency.
  • Research well before engaging into voluntourism.
  • Choose tourism operators with environmental policies and community projects in place.

Be a Respectful Traveler

  • Observe national laws and regulations.
  • Respect human rights and protect children from exploitation.

Abusing children is a crime

  • Refrain from giving money to begging children and support community projects instead.
  • Take photos instead of protected cultural artefacts as mementos of your trip.
  • Provide honest travel reviews upon your return and promote your positive experiences.

Source: http://www.tourism4development2017.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/tips_web_en.pdf

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