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green footprint While making environmentally-friendly choices plays a large part in sustainability, it is important not to overlook two other compelling factors: socio-cultural considerations and the local economy.

As you well know, every country has its own unique culture. Your responsibility as a study abroad student is to respect the local culture and seek out opportunities to “live like a local.”
  • Learn and use the local language, even if it is just basic phrases.
  • Try local foods.
  • Dress in a culturally-appropriate way.
  • Adopt local lifestyles and customs.
  • Ask permission before taking pictures of people.
  • Seek out locations and activities which are recommended by locals.
  • Engage in conversation with locals – this is easier when you travel in a small group.
  • Abide by local laws.
  • Travel with an open mind and listen more than you talk.
environment economics Economics:
Supporting the local economy is another way of contributing to sustainable travel, particularly if you are traveling in an area whose income relies heavily on tourist dollars. 
  • Hire local guides – they know the lay of the land better than anyone else!
  • Stay in locally-run hotels and hostels.
  • Get to know vendors at nearby markets and independently-owned stores.
  • Depending on where you travel, you may be approached by beggars. Although you will probably feel compelled to help, it is actually more responsible and safer for you to donate to a charitable organization or NGO in that particular country rather than opening your wallet in public.
Additional Information:
Responsible Travel Report 
Green Passport

Last modified 09/26/2016

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