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Responsible Tourism

Responsible Tourism is tourism ‘that creates better places for people to live in, & better places to visit.’

Responsible tourism maximizes the benefits, and minimizes the negative effects of tourism.

All forms of tourism can be more responsible listed are a few guidelines, we researched for your excursions:-
  • “Leave no traces, take back photographs and leave only footprints behind”.
  • Integrate into the local ecosystem.
  • Minimize the negative economic, environmental and social impacts.
  • When we are on these excursions, it is so natural to want our holidays to have a positive impact on local people and their environments. Generate greater economic benefits for local people and enhance the well-being for host communities by involving local people, in decisions that affect their lives and life chances.
  • Insure positive contributions for the conservation of Wildlife, Natural Resources, cultural heritage while embracing diversity.
  • It provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues.
  • It is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence What is listed above is also more or less of what the industry experts, philanthropists, philosophers and tour operators, thought and debated about to come up with their views on responsible tourism.
However, we at RWAT contemplate that this depiction of responsible tourism is still a little unfinished.

Out here the responsibility of an individual traveler comes into question. As you see, the bottom line is, that in the end it is the “traveller” who wants to do an excursion & if the traveler is not responsible enough. How can tourism, ever be called a responsible endeavor?

If you a backpacker, a trekker, a mountaineer, an off-roader, or a family that is traveling. A newly married couple on a honeymoon or a mountaineering expedition by explorers, individuals traveling for medical to groups for spiritual tourism or even if one is a wanderer.

Whatever is your travel avatar, please be conscious about being a responsible traveler.

Being a professional and an experienced adventure travel operator company, we have always tried to make a sincere effort to operate well within the defined norms of ‘Responsible Tourism’. However, we also feel that as travelers, you need to travel with a mindset of adhering to these rules & regulations diligently, for conservation of the wildlife, natural & environmental conditions.

Thus the excursions that we organize, it is not only RWAT but the travellers i.e.‘You’, who have to participate in sharing this responsibility. There are two factors one has to keep in mind:–

1. The Social Factor

We engage local support. It goes a long way in helping us with logistics, the weather, the local road conditions in remote areas etc. It gives us the advantage of an extensive social network at the grass root level.

Helps us get the work done! This also gives a boost to the local economy. Your interaction with them is but a process of two different cultures understanding each other. Your understanding of how it works for them. Their understanding of how it works for you. You get some information & they get some. Boundaries disappear, and the world just becomes a small cozy place to live in as one realizes that no matter how different the cultures, we are yet the same.

2. The Environmental Factor

Be it practicing a Leave No Trace policy, getting back the waste for proper disposal from our treks or expeditions. From observing the laws of the jungle, respecting birds and animals, to understanding that it is their (animal) territory and not our (human) territory while on a wildlife safari. We guide you through the right approach and methods and instill in you an awareness and sensitivity towards the environment.

In a lot of different ways the above two factors manifest themselves in what happens on our expeditions, treks, tours and safaris.
But what we are really glad about is that it’s not just us alone, but also you who are a part of that manifestation.
Please read our information for responsible travel before you book, before you travel, whilst off on holiday and when you get back.

Before you book

  • Choose a responsible operator. (Very Important)
  • Please refer to the tour operator's policy for responsible tourism. All responsible tour operators must have one. Make sure it explains how they minimize environmental impacts and support the local economy.
  • Ask your hotel/accommodation to see if they really are eco-friendly.
  • Reduce your carbon emissions. We believe you should reduce the amount you fly, rather than flying the same distances can be covered overland.

Ways to do this

  • Take longer holidays.
  • Take holidays closer to home.
  • Travel by train and cars/jeeps and use the public transport in destinations wherever possible.
  • Book direct flights avoiding transfers. Whenever you fly, make it count by booking a responsible holiday that increases benefits to local communities and environments.

Before you travel

  • Spend some time on the internet and read on local cultures & customs. 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 your tour operator for specific tips for responsible travel in your destination.
  • Ask your tour operator if there are useful gifts that you could pack for your hosts, local people or schools.
  • Ask your tour operator whether there are local conservation or social projects that you could visit on your trip, and if/how you could help support them.

While on a holiday

  • Buy the local produce in preference to imported goods.
  • Hire a local guide - you'll discover more about local culture and lives, and they will earn a living.
  • Do not buy products made from endangered species, hard woods or ancient artifacts.
  • Respect local cultures, traditions and holy places - if in doubt ask for advice or don't visit.
  • Use public transport, hire a bike or walk when convenient - it’s a great way to meet local people on their terms and reduce pollution and carbon emissions.
  • Use Water sparingly - it’s very precious. In many countries and tourists tend to use far more water than local people.
  • Remember that local people have different ways of thinking and have their own concepts about time; this just makes them a little different and not wrong. Encourage the practice for asking questions (rather than the Western habit of knowing the answers).

When you get back

  • Write short story about your overall experience and the experience with your tour operator with any comments or feedback about your holiday, and especially include any suggestions on reducing environmental impacts and increasing benefits to local communities.
  • If you have made a promise to send pictures or gifts to local people remember to actually keep them. Many gifts and aid are pledged and but only a few really arrive!
  • Donate for various projects on upliftment of the local rural areas, environmental and wildlife conversation projects in the area you’ve visited.
  • Enjoy the memories, reveal your experience to others & Start planning for your next trip!