HOW to Be a RESPONSIBLE TRAVELER

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime! Following ethics of responsible travel does require some personal initiative, but the positive impact you have, the feeling you will experience and the unexpected surprises you will encounter as a result may just change your life, a little or a lot!
Khongor sand dune

HOW to Be a RESPONSIBLE TRAVELER

Get ready for an experience of a lifetime in Mongolia! Following ethics of responsible travel does require some personal initiative, but the positive impact you have, the feeling you will experience and the unexpected surprises you will encounter as a result may just change your life, a little or a lot!

Before and During Your Trip

Abide by the detailed environmental and cultural guidelines supplied to you by your adventure travel outfitter, specific for each region and trip.

When booking a trip, choose to offset the carbon emissions of your international travel.  Ask if your local operator offsets local emissions as a standard operating practice.

When shopping, purchase locally made goods and handicrafts. Please do not bargain below a fair price.

Do not hand out money, gifts or medicines. If interested in making a contribution to a specific cause to the area you are visiting, please channel this through a local non-government organization or relief agency.  They will make sure your donation is given to a legitimate organization, program or individual that will provide sustainable results with transparency.

Save water - travel with your own water bottle and purification tablets; minimize time in shower and request not to have linens & towels cleaned every day.

Buy a language phrasebook for the country you are visiting to share words with people you meet.

Read about the areas you are visiting prior to your departure and understand how to respect cultural traditions.  Good companies will provide you with this information before you travel.

Engage in communication with the local community where appropriate and talk with our local guide to learn more about the culture and environment.

Respect nature and wildlife by staying on trails, staying your distance and minimizing waste and impact.


After Your Trip

When you go home, share your experiences with family, friends, and colleagues - give a local slide show, put up a public account on Flikr, and upload a new gallery on Facebook.  Tell them about the nomad woman in the Gobi that you had tea with and what her house looked like. Describe the awesome snow-capped peaks of the mountains of western Mongolia, and eye gazing openness steppe of Gobi and the village where you slept. Show friends your photographs of the endangered black-necked crane and explain the community-based initiative that has formed to protect this magnificent bird.  Your experience can open the eyes of many to experience the magic of the world while supporting a sustainable planet and international peace.

This is only the beginning of what you can achieve with your travels.  By sharing all you can with others, you can make the world a more tolerant, peaceful and exciting place.  Go for it!