How to Make your Surf Trip more Sustainable
These tips are offered from the Rainforest Alliance. The Rainforest Alliance, an international conservation organization, helps the tourism industry protect the environment and provide sustainable livelihoods, build travelers demand for sustainable tourism and enables them to travel responsibly, and promotes internationally sound standards for sustainable tourism. For more information, please visit their website.
At the hotel: Ask about environmental policies and practices. Does the hotel support community development or conservation projects?
Language: Learn a few words of the local language and use them.
Dress: Learn about local conventions and dress appropriately. In many countries, modest dress is important.
Behavior: Be respectful of local citizens' privacy. Ask permission before entering sacred places, homes, or private lands.
Photographs: Be sensitive to when and where you take photos/video of people. Always ask first.
Environment: Respect the natural environment. Never touch or harass wildlife. Always follow designated trails. Support conservation by paying entrance fees to parks and protected sites or making a donation.
Wildlife or forest products: Never purchase crafts, clothing, furniture, or other products that are derived from protected or endangered wildlife or plant species. In many countries it is illegal to bring these goods back home.
Pay a fair price: Don't engage in overly aggressive bargaining for souvenirs. Don't short-change on tips for services.
Buy local: Choose locally-owned lodges and hotels. Use local buses, car rental agencies, and airlines. Eat in local restaurants, shop in local markets, and attend local events. Hire local guides: Enrich your experience and support the local economy. Ask guides if they are licensed and live nearby. Are they recommended by tour operators?