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We are often attracted to our destination because it is 'unspoilt', but sadly we can contribute to its decline and become a burden, not a benefit, to the local community. The following tips suggest ways to minimise the impact of tourism.
- Respecting local customs will improve your holiday enjoyment and leave less of a mark when you return home.
- Check local conventions of dress and behaviour - tourists can stand out if they are inappropriately dressed - would you consider going to the supermarket in a swimsuit at home?
- Ask locals before photographing them; many cultures have different attitudes to photography. Taking photographs of military sites or soldiers may also be misinterpreted and is in some countries illegal.
- Travel guide books give information on local religion, customs and language. It is worth taking time to learn basic words like 'hello' and 'thank you'.
- Think before you wear expensive watches or jewellery - one watch may equal many years wages in some countries.
- Some travellers don't think to explore the area outside of their hotel - look out for local markets where you can buy direct from the craftspeople and support local traditions.
- Exotic souvenirs may be tempting, but trade in many animals, plants and products is banned to protect their depleting numbers. Many endangered species are killed for their skins and for use in traditional medicines - Buying products made from endangered species supports illegal trade and risks the extinction of endangered animals.
- Small gifts for local children are often welcome if you are visiting a developing country - items such as pencils and paper are often particularly appreciated.