We believe more than ever that you are responsible and considerate travelers to the world, the best ambassadors for a healthy ethical and ecological approach to respect the local people and preserve nature.
We invite you to read the following tips for thinking about your responsibilities as a traveler before, during and after your stay.
Before the journey:
- Preparing for your trip is first and foremost about the destination. Know the people and their way of life, heritage, religion, environment, economy, and learn a few words in the language of the destination. We invite you to read the information and information notes we sent you.
- Carry only the essentials, and save space in the suitcase to bring back locally made souvenirs, preferably by craftsmen.
- Learn about the practice and limits of price bargaining and the tips left to professionals. Do not be obstinate in wanting privileges. Accepting to buy a slightly more expensive object from a small salesman can be an opportunity to offer him charity without feeling the embarrassment of begging.
- To leave the spirit light, keep the critical spirit. To question the reality of the risks of the destination, and to inquire with the competent organizations, without being too much influenced by certain media.
- Respect nature as well as people and their culture.
- Tune in with the habits and customs of the destination, without imposing habits or lifestyle, paying attention to how to dress especially in places of worship, but also the signs of wealth that can contrast with the local standard of living. Taste local cuisine, and be curious about authentic accommodations.
- Before photographing a person, take the time to ask permission and take the opportunity to engage in dialogue. For children, ask for parental consent.
- At home, sort waste where possible, save water and energy.
- ü Respect also the rules displayed in natural areas, in order to preserve the balance of places, as well as in museums, cities, or beaches.
- Pay attention to your consumption of water, electricity and more generally to natural and energy resources.
- Wherever possible, make use of common or less polluting means of transport.
- Limit as much as possible the use of single-use plastic products: we encourage you, for example, to take away your toilets and specify at the reception of your hotels that you do not want to use the products placed at your disposal in your room . Take your shopping in reusable bags and limit the use of plastic bags.
- Be careful not to collect souvenirs from natural and archaeological sites, and not to encourage theft and degradation by buying sacred objects or products from protected species. To prefer the donation to the competent associations, to the schools, to the heads of villages, rather than to favor begging, in particular that of the children. Denounce the sexual exploitation of children or adults.
After the trip:
- Foster dialogue between cultures to enable tourism as a factor of peace.
- Honoring your commitments with the people you met during the trip, sending photos for example. If you have noticed serious and intolerable situations, report them to the agency that sold you the trip or to the relevant authorities.
- Offset all or part of the emissions related to his trip, including air travel, by contributing to climate solidarity projects *. Support local initiatives by donating to development associations, engaging with NGOs, or purchasing fair trade products.
- Share your experience as a traveler, with your family, with your friends, or on social networks to witness the wealth and fragility of our planet, and give others advice on how to travel better.
- Prepare your next trip, near or far, by becoming aware of the many virtues of tourism, not only economic and social but also cultural and environmental.
*INFOSEJOUR and TRAVELANDNOTES participate in this compensation by returning the cost of CO2 emissions from their stays to the GOOD PLANET Foundation (https://www.goodplanet.org) which develops environmental projects worldwide. We invite you if you wish to make a complementary donation for this trip or the next trip.