Travel & Transportation

How to Be a Responsible Traveller

Written by Patrick
Travel Insurance

Responsible travel is about being environmentally, culturally, and economically aware with your travel choices.

Whether your travels take you to a tropical beach, a bustling city, or a tranquil village, responsible travel is travelling in a sustainable way that benefits the country you are visiting as well as the environment.

The question that many travellers ask is: “ How Can I Be a More Responsible Traveller?”

Responsible travel is not always easy.  It can be confusing.  This article is a short guide to help you gain a better understanding of how to be a Responsible Traveller and how to get started. 

The following are simple steps you can take to become a more responsible traveller.

How to be a responsible traveler.

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The following are 10 conscious choices that will reduce your footprint. 

01 | Choose Your Transport

Use low impact transport when possible:  walk, cycle, use public transport, carpool, etc.

02 | Book Green Labelled Accommodation

Eco-friendly hotels and eco-places of stay help develop sustainable tourism.

03 | Pack Green

Use organic and biodegradable soap, sunscreen, washing powder, etc.

04 | Share Your Material

If you only use it once a year, you can rent it or buy it with a friend.

05 | Preserve the Ecosystem

If you touch coral while snorkeling or pick flowers when hiking, you will damage what you came for … so avoid doing such things. 

06 | Buy & Eat Local & Organic

It’s safe and beneficial to the local economy and it’s usually better than commercial products. 

07 | Reduce Waste

Water is often scarce, save it!  Keep your waste with you until you find a bin.  For Example …  carry a trash bag to collect your waste until you can dispose of it properly. 

08 | Go for Eco-Friendly Activities

Non-motorised activities are often more fun, good for the environment, and better for YOU and your health. 

09 | Calculate Your Travel Footprint

When travelling by plane or car, there is a simple tool you can use to calculate your trip’s climate impact.  Check out 

10 | Support Certified Projects

You can compensate for your CO2 impact by making a financial contribution for CO2 reduction project in a developing country.  These projects are a guarantee for real, traceable, and permanent climate action.

Remember, our actions can have a big impact on the world while we travel. Make sure it is a positive one.

READ MORE:  Our Top 21+ Responsible Travel Tips

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About the Author


Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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