How to be a responsible traveller:

  • When we visit beautiful places it's natural to want our holidays to have a positive impact on local people and their environments. Tourism is now the world's fastest growing industry, but of course with that comes the increased responsibility on us to try to reduce any negative impact our journeys may have on the environment.

  • Responsible travel is about bringing you closer to local cultures and environments by involving local people in tourism.

 

Before you travel:

  • Read up on local cultures and learn a few words of the local language - travelling with respect earns you respect.

  • Remove all excess packaging - waste disposal is difficult in remote places and developing countries.

  • Ask us if there are useful gifts that you could pack for your hosts, local people or schools.

 

While on holiday:

  • Buy local produce in preference to imported goods.

  • Do not buy products made from endangered species, hard woods or ancient artefacts.

  • Respect local cultures, traditions and holy places - if in doubt ask advice.

  • Use water sparingly - its very precious in many countries and tourists tend to use far more than local people.

  • Why not participate in a local activity like a carnival or a fĂȘte? This way you really get the chance to understand local cultures and traditions - not to mention have a great day out!

 

Animal Welfare:

Cruelty, confinement, neglect and abuse means millions of animals worldwide pay a heavy price for tourist entertainment - many even pay with their lives. Tourist activities that involve the mistreatment of animals exist for one reason: tourists choose to support them. Adventure World endorses the work of the World Animal Protection (WAP).

So keep in mind the following points from WAP when deciding what to do on your travels:

  • Many zoos and marine parks keep animals in poor conditions with their basic needs denied.

  • Not only do animals pay for souvenirs with their lives, but strict laws in Australia prohibit bringing animal products into the country.

  • Posing for a photo with a wild animal is far from a happy snap. Many of these animals have been taken from the wild and are commonly drugged to control behaviour.

  • Animal performances place enormous stress on animals and can involve violent training techniques. It's unnatural and demeaning for a wild animal to have to 'perform' for the sake of entertainment.

  • Beware of animal rides. Many animals are poorly fed and given no shelter from the elements or access to water. Some are drugged or beaten to ensure they remain submissive.

  • Exotic meat is often a recipe for torture and the result of an excruciating death.

  • Animals used for blood-sport and certain fiestas and religious festivals are subjected to torment and fear and are often killed inhumanely.

Reporting animal cruelty is a vital part of Compassionate Travel. Make your report to the local police, tourist office, animal welfare society or Adventure World and include the date, time, location, type and number of animals involved. If possible, record what you have seen on film as photographs and video footage are invaluable evidence - but never pay to take them.
 

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As part of Adventure World’s sustainability program, we work with people who, like us, seek to protect the places we explore and who are creating initiatives that are driving positive change. Which is why we’re pleased to be in partnership with World Animal Protection to provide our travellers with responsible and humane animal encounters, by pledging not to sell elephant rides or shows in our itineraries.

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Flying and global warming:

Most of things that we do in our lives contribute to carbon dioxide emissions and global warming. Air travel - although currently a relatively small contributor (less than 5%) - is the fastest growing source of CO2 emissions.

When we're on holiday, we tend to be more laid-back about things like reusing plastic bags and water bottles or turning off lights. If we can adjust our attitudes and general habits regarding responsible travel we can make a real difference.

 

Adventure World's Sustainability Initiatives