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Before you go
Learn basic phrases:
Learning a few words or simple phrases in the local language is a great way to interact with people during your travels.
Do your homework:
Research the social, political, and environmental issues faced by the people you are visiting and familiarise yourself with religious customs, local traditions and sensitivities in the countries you will visit.
Keep packing to the minimum (15 kg) and avoid disposable items as these can often not be recycled. Sometimes, clients would like to bring donations or gifts for the local people they may meet tour. Please see our Pack for Purpose initiative that allows travellers to make a lasting impact in the community.
Buying local souvenirs helps the local economy. While it is customary and fun to haggle, do stop once you have reached a reasonable price. A low price may be at the expense of the vendor. Avoid buying souvenirs that exploit wildlife or threaten endangered species.
Be ethical in the way you approach photography on tour. Always ask permission before taking photographs.
Please don’t give sweets, toys or money to anyone – especially children. Successful begging discourages children from going to school and acquiring the means to get out of poverty. Giving money to beggars also reinforces a culture of helplessness and dependency. If you wish to make donations please visit our Pack for Purpose page or contact us for our donation initiatives available.
Leave the land as you find it:
One of the joys of travelling is the spectacular variety of wild plants, sea shells and other natural products you will encounter. These should remain in their natural environment – so avoid picking any.
Remember this is the animals’ environment so we must show respect! Stay quiet when viewing animals on safari. Avoid disturbing wildlife and damaging natural habitats.
Be conscious of your water usage, particularly in dry areas. Consider taking a reusable drinking water bottle to avoid wasting plastic bottles.
Remember many countries do not have adequate litter collection, recycling or waste reduction schemes. The less waste you create, the better. Always dispose of waste in the appropriate manner, never dispose of litter including fruit pips or peel on the floor or out car windows.
Leave pre-conceptions at home:
People from all walks of life all have humanity in common, even if you don’t agree with some of their customs. Immerse yourself in culture and communities and try to make a difference; don’t just leave with a suntan and photographs.
Why not consider contributing to projects and organisations that you encountered on tour?
Send us your suggestions on how to reduce environmental impact and increase benefits for local communities.