The Ethical Practice You Must Follow To Travel More Responsibly

For constant travelers like us, what comes naturally as an added realization along with travel is to travel more responsibly. The simple yet powerful acts of not littering, being ethical to animals and locals, being respectful in every day life in a new place, researching a bit about customs and rituals and adhering to the same; these all add up and impact in an unprecedented way.

I have summed up the basic pointers you need to check that will instantly uplift you from a regular tourist to travel more responsibly and make you feel better in every way.

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Animal Rides

The elephant/horse or camel rides, being place for the soul purpose of some “fun” or entertaining travelers are anything but fun for the animals. They are wild animals, meant to roam free in the wild greens, graze in green pastures gracefully. We humans, not only have encroached their land but have made them puppet for our selfish trade transactions.

In the process of domestication a wild animal has to go through terrible experience of crushing the spirit, often beaten till bled and mutilated. Riding an animal is nothing but absolute animal abuse and needs prompt action by a sensible citizen.

The elephant sanctuaries in Sri Lanka and Thailand often work with the rescued animals which on the other hand is a blissful experience. However, be sure to check whether the sanctuary is a real one.

Ethical Homestays

Any day I will prefer a home-stay over a luxury resort stay for it only detaches you from the ground and gives a crafted experience that is not true to the land. To know the people and their customs and culture, it is important to stay with them. Live with them. Feel the pain of cumbersome chores as well as relishing a delicious homemade meals.

In case you want to explore the true spirit of Munnar, you can never do away with the quaint little home stays tucked in the wild of Nilgiris or Periyar reserve!

Natural Calamity

Before travelling to a place be sure to check whether a natural calamity is looming large over the populace.

For example, the insane Instagrammers who crowded the volcanic eruption of Bali in front of magnificent nature caused massive uproar in social media in recent times. A sane mind can never rejoice while multiple locals suffer in front of the nature.

Water & Other Resources

Plenty of remote places already make do with scarce resources. That includes power and water. To cope up with the same, we suggest plan your travel not in the trying time for winters.

For example, the remote parts of North Eastern India receives little or no help during winters and are self sustained. It feels wrong to visit the place during that time, already suffering from scarce resources.


More often that ever, a lot of travellers are experimenting with vegan food. Not only it saves animals from being butchered but also helps body digest faster and effectively in changed environment.

You may give it a thought if being on the road for longer has taken a toll on your food habit.

If you agree with our list please comply to the same and encourage others to take a part in it while on the road. With great power comes more responsibility. Travel more responsibly while you have source to dispose income through travel.

Also, add up to our list by stating the little somethings you do while you hit the road and the way it has brought about positive impact for the community. A sustainable travel system is necessarily built up with efforts from one and all!

Madhurima Chakraborty

A full time management professional with wanderlust driven soul, Madhurima finds solace in writing as much as exploring new places. A resident of Bangalore, she has essence of Kolkata flowing in her blood. She wants to tick off traveling all the countries of the world, tasting best of sea food from around the globe and collecting a wardrobe full of saris.

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