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Sustainable Tourism Pledge

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!

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