Responsible Travel isn’t difficult to achieve. With a little conscious thought and preparation, you can ensure that you have a wonderful holiday while having only a positive impact on the destinations that you visit.
FCM Travel Solutions’ parent company Flight Centre Travel Solutions is part of the United Nations Global Compact. During our first year as signatory, FCTG has formally commenced our journey to make the Global Compact and its principles part of the strategy, culture and day-to-day operations of our company, and playing our part in advancing the broader development goals of the United Nations.
1. CONSERVE WATER
Much of the world suffers from a shortage of clean water so we can help by reusing hotel towels, taking short showers and turning off the tap!
2. REDUCE YOUR WASTE
Ditch the plastic bag, refuse unnecessary packaging, dispose of your waste responsibly and pick up rubbish too! Recycle as much as possible.
3. GO LOCAL
Enjoy locally owned and operated restaurants and bars. Shop in the local markets and stores and utilise the expertise of local guides when booking tours or activities.
4. CARE ABOUT THE WILDLIFE
Take a ‘look but don’t touch’ approach to wildlife activities and avoid any attractions that involve ‘performance’, riding or closely engaging with wild animals. As a rule, any activity that an animal would not do in the wild is the result of exploitation.
5. RESPECT THE LOCAL PEOPLE AND CULTURE
Along with obeying local laws, this relates to dressing and behaving in a manner appropriate to the community. Learn about the people’s way of life, be polite and keep an open mind. Ensure that your interaction with locals, including children, is respectful and appropriate.
Want to know more? Visit Flight Centre Travel Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility page.
This article first appeared on FCM Travel Solutions Australia.