Unmanaged tourism can damage cultural sites. Visitors can make a
difference. Travel responsibly with these simple guidelines.
Sustainable Travel Tips
Know the History Before you travel, read up on the history and culture of your destination. Or ask Odysseus & Athena about history and culture.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Walking, biking, and trekking or exploring one place in-depth is a good way to reduce your carbon footprint. You’ll see more and avoid getting stuck in rush-hour traffic!
Be Eco-Friendly Conservation should always be on a traveler’s mind: whatever helps the environment, such as recycling or staying in an eco-friendly hotel, also protects heritage.
Respect the Local Culture Show respect for and interest in the local culture. Seek out local celebrations and festivals .They can provide a unique glimpse into local culture and are a fun way to meet locals, sample traditional foods, and learn about your destination’s heritage.
Go Off the Beaten Path Visit lesser-known places. They may be far more rewarding ,not to mention less crowded, than tourist hotspots.
Be Gentle in Your Travel. Be mindful of visitor wear and tear. Visiting crowded sites at off-peak hours or popular destinations in the off-season will reduce your impact.
Don’t Be Flashy with Photos. Take only photographs, and make sure that a flash is permitted because a flash can damage centuries-old artwork. Be aware of local traditions when photographing people and when in doubt, ask permission before snapping a picture.
Buy Local Support the local economy by buying crafts from local artisans as souvenirs. Be wary of “antiquities” as these could be looted or forgeries.
Tell friends and family about responsible heritage tourism. Raise awareness by sharing your experiences on social media sites .Start a global conversation!
Download these guidelines and take them along on your next trip!