Tourism and travelling have huge potential for individual and collective improvement. When people explore new territories with an open mind and unbiased attitude, the adventure can give them a unique opportunity for self development by understanding and accepting cultural differences between various nations in all their diversity.
A responsible attitude toward tourism and travelling is that it is a joint effort by everyone involved. Each participant contributes by virtue of their capabilities. By participants we mean our government, businesses, local communities, and of course you, our guests, whose stay in our region can promote its development.
If you are ready to be helpful for the community you need to:
1) Look at the cultures and traditions which are different to yours without fear or preconceptions. This will earn you respect and hospitality from locals in response.
2) Be tolerant to and accepting of all culture diversity and do not break social and cultural traditions and customs.
3) Respect human rights. Sexual exploitation of children is a crime, prosecutable by law either in the host country or in the violator’s home country. Any form of exploitation contradicts the fundamental goals and objectives of tourism.
4) Contribute to environmental protection by taking care of nature and natural habitat. Do not buy products which are made from or contain species of flora and fauna that are endangered and at risk of extinction.
5) Take care of cultural monuments. Be respectful toward everything that may considered the artistic, archaeological or cultural heritage of humanity.
6) Remember, that your travel can help economic and social growth in places you are visiting; by buying local vendor’s products you support local industry in accordance with fair trade principles. Bargaining during the process of purchasing goods has to be based on the idea of a fair reward.
7) Before leaving your country you must acquaint yourself with the sanitary situation in the country you are travelling to. Research the local numbers for the emergency services and your embassy. You should make sure that nothing threatens your health or personal safety. If you have special requirements of any kind (health, religious, etc.) you should check to what extent these requirements can be satisfied in country you are going to. Examples of this include dietary requirements, special equipment for access to premises and extra medical care.
8) Try to get as much information as possible about the country you are travelling to. Read about locals’ traditions, customs and moral norms that they support. Avoid actions that might be considered as an insult by residents.
9) Familiarize with the laws of the country you’re going to. It can prevent accidental law violations. Do not take part in the trafficking of drugs, weapons, antiques, protected species of flora and fauna, as well as dangerous or illegal items or substances.