1Understanding the Cultures and Environment of Travel Destinations
Ways to be a better tourist really boils down to two issues. Is your tourism eco-friendly in nature and are you respectful of local people and their culture?
Eco-friendly or sustainable tourism as it is often referred to as, doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time or that you must take on some task to improve the environment. But you should be aware of and try to minimize your impact on the environment. Little things like cutting down on the consumption of plastic water bottles do add up.
And concerning local customs, a little research before your trip will go a long way towards the goal of finding ways to be a better tourist. Believe it or not but one of the best reference guides available for learning about other countries is the CIA World Factbook. This is especially helpful for travelers planning to do business oberseas. But is also just a great way to find detailed information about any country.