How to Be A Responsible Traveler: A 7-Step Guide

See the world, and leave every place better.

5. Go local.

More and more, we’re seeing the big international brands planted across the world. All the fast food joints and coffee chains aren’t good for the local stalls and businesses, so do your bit and put money into the country. And what better way to do that than by eating street food! It’s the little man we should be supporting, that’s where you get the most authentic and local experiences. Craving the typical Burger King or Starbucks won’t help anybody, and it takes business away from the people of the country.

6. Don’t drink too much.

Being drunk abroad might happen, but going over the top can cause problems. Some countries will take stricter precautions with intoxicated travelers and are too merry so make sure you keep it at an easy level! It’s well known that some young travelers get drunk every night and call it “traveling,” but that isn’t exactly what seeing the world is supposed to be about.

7. Tidying up after yourself.

This goes without saying wherever you are and there’s no exception when you’re traveling. Just remember to keep trash in trash — you don’t want a reputation of being a bad traveler! If you can, don’t use plastic, especially in countries where recycling options are limited, leading to more waste and sewage problems. Keep man made resources to a limit, and try to do your bit for the world.

Got anything to add? Post your thoughts in the comments and share this list with your travel buddies!

About the Author

Tommy Walker

Tommy Walker

Tommy Walker originates from Northeast England. He began his journey on the road back in 2012 throughout Asia, Oceania and Latin America. Now, over 4 years in, he is a freelance travel writer and content marketing specialist. Tommy has visited the Philippines twice and especially raves about Banaue. He has attended Sinulog festival, swum with Whalesharks and even DJ’d in Boracay!He was featured in the Business Insider, BBC and Choose Philippines. Tommy goes by his own motto “every new place is a good place.”If you don’t see Tommy focused doing Hot Yoga, trailing through rainforests, ducking into the ocean or eating local street food, you’ll see him at a small bar drinking what the locals drink!