So, we have been talking about it all over our website. Responsible travel. Responsible tourism. What does that mean? For Trippin Traveller, that means that we work with responsible tour operators, to ensure that tourism benefits host communities, local, and national economies. To us, this also means having a minimal impact on the natural environment. Typically, this kind of tourism encourages strong community involvement. It also means that you as a traveler will focus on spending time understanding traditional cultures.
When you take a responsible holiday, it means that the money you are spending goes directly toward building local community support. Our Banavasi and Warli trips are a case in point, where rural tourism is enabling new livelihoods to underprivileged sections of society.
Over the years, as travelers, we have seen the often degrading results of mass tourism. Don’t get us wrong. This is not to take you on a guilt trip. But at its heart, responsible travel means that we are emotional, sensitive travelers. The joy of understanding how a family lives in Rwanda or how local school children learn about the world in Turkey – this is a joy that does not come with regular, packaged tours. It also means that we become more aware of the impact of our travel on delicate eco-systems.
We would like our travelers to understand and embrace responsible tourism before they embark on one of our trips.
Litter: Keep all litter in your possession until you find a suitable disposal facility. Do not carelessly discard cigarette stubs, especially when you are going through dry grassland or forests.
Driving and walking: If you are on a wildlife tour, please keep a respectful distance from animals and don’t harass them. Please do not attempt to feed or touch any wildlife.
Attempt to use environmentally friendly bathroom products and use them sparingly to minimize pollution of the local water supply. Please conserve water where possible – however, it is important to keep oneself hydrated at all times. Most hostels or hotels are happy to refill your water bottle. Avoid buying “mineral water” bottles many times. Please also make every effort to conserve other resources i.e., remember to switch off lights and air-conditioning when you leave your room.
Also, we ask that you:
With regard to your own social behavior, it is important to be aware of the local community’s culture and traditions and to respect local etiquette. That’s the best part of travel. Wearing a bikini may be fine in Italy but not fine in rural Tamil Nadu, India. This does not mean a restriction on what you wear, but rather a respect for the culture we are moving through. We suggest that…
Considering the local economy, we ask you to try to:
Responsible travel is fun. It’s enriching. It’s part of the reason we travel. Write in to us if you have more questions on how you would like to contribute to this movement.
Trippin Traveller offers customized offbeat and eco-friendly tours. We are based in Bangalore, India. For us, travel is not mere sightseeing, it's a cultural experience. Connect with us for meeting your travel requirements