Do your research, learn the local language: Tips to travel smart & safe
Consider spending money in the local economy rather than at international hotel chains.
REMEMBER, IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU: Research the place you want to visit. Learn about behaviour and environmental policies. If youfre booking through a travel service, ask for guidance. It might seem logical to put on a tank top and shorts in Thailandfs heat. But if youfre going to visit Buddhist temples, itfs considered disrespectful. Be sensitive and take cues from local residents.
PUT PICTURE-TAKING IN PERSPECTIVE: With phone cameras, we've become accustomed to taking pictures constantly. Taking photos of people, their children and homes can be invasive. Also, respect the environment; don't walk on the wild flowers in your quest to get a good photo. And consider the risks: At Kaaterskill Falls in New Yorkfs Catskill Mountains, four tourist deaths in recent years have been attributed to dramatic selfies.
GIVE BACK: Consider spending money in the local economy rather than at international hotel chains, and seek locally owned restaurants and bars. To help the environment, use public transportation as much as possible. Finally, take your packaging with you when leaving a place. And never buy gifts made from endangered animals or other illegal materials.
SAY HELLO: Even in places where many locals speak English, learning a few words in a local language . please, thank you, yes, no . will earn you goodwill and a more authentic experience. Amid the excitement of even bucket list-level travel, keep in mind:What if this were your city?