It’s no secret that over the past few years, how we have started to see the world around us has begun to change. As a species we have realised that the world isn’t untouchable – we have learnt that how we act and how we treat the environment has an impact, and this is a significant aspect of being an ethical traveller. 


Of course, being mindful of the environment isn’t all it takes to be ethical when it comes to how you choose to travel – there’s a lot more that you need to take into account to be a truly ethical traveller. 


The fact is that becoming an ethical traveller can be a little intimidating, as there is a lot to think about and consider. However, the good news is that once you get into the swing of things, you will find it far easier to lead a more ethical life. The question is, of course, what does it mean to be a more ethical traveller and how do you go about achieving this status? 


Wondering how you can move through the world more ethically? Have a read of the tips and ideas below! 


Treat wildlife and animals with respect 


When it comes to travelling abroad, it’s always important to treat wildlife and animals with respect. It’s far too easy to take advantage, but it’s important to be mindful of what is and what is not acceptable behaviour. 


The issue is that many countries promote unethical approaches to animals, such as elephant riding and petting big cats in Johannesburg – often the elephants are in pain and the big cats that tourists are safely able to pet are heavily sedated. It’s a serious issue, and a completely unethical trade. 


Don’t purchase unsustainable products 


In terms of what you purchase while travelling, it’s important to be aware that not all products are sustainable. Be mindful of what you are buying and try, wherever you can, to make sustainable choices. Wondering how to make more sustainable choices and what is ethical travel? There’s plenty of advice online that can help to make things a little clearer. 


Book eco-friendly accomodation 


You will find that as the world becomes more aware of the need to lead more environmentally friendly lives, there are more choices when it comes to leading an eco-friendly life. So when it comes to selecting travel accommodation, there are eco-friendly choices, it’s just a case of taking the time to find out what these are. 


Treating the environment with respect


A key aspect of being a sustainable traveller is to be mindful of the environment. In destinations like Amsterdam and Ibiza where drinking culture is significant, the environment can often suffer due to drunken behviour. Don’t be someone who damages the environment, be mindful of caring for it and making smart choices. Throw rubbish away. Recycle where you can. 


There you have it, everything that you need to know about being a more ethical traveler.