- 1 Respect the locals when traveling and ethical tourism: respect for traditions and religion.
- 1.1 1. Respect for religious traditions when traveling
- 1.2 2. Cultural differences and traveling ethics.
- 1.3 3. History and respect for the locals
- 1.4 Do you want to know more about Responsible Tourism?
- 1.5 Responsible tourism with children. When child labour becomes abuse
- 1.6 Responsible ethnic tourism or ethnotourism
- 1.7 Respect to the locals when traveling and ethical tourism
- 1.8 Practice responsible diving and sustainable snorkeling
- 1.9 How to avoid animal abuse while traveling
- 1.10 Responsible tourism while traveling
Respect the locals when traveling and ethical tourism: respect for traditions and religion.
When traveling always remember that you are the stranger in the country you will visit, not the others. You must understand that what in your house is considered normal, can be an insult in other countries. Respecting locals when traveling is not a game, it is a duty of all those who visit a country that is not theirs. There are different traditions that must always be respected, the same with religions. Find out about ethical tourism before traveling, especially in relation to topics such as:
1. Respect for religious traditions when traveling
There are many religions in the world; Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and others with lower % participation of the population. Respecting religious traditions when traveling involves respecting beliefs different from yours and ways of practicing a religion that may be very different from what you are used to.
Before traveling to a country, find out about its people and its traditions, so you can know things like:
- For Buddhists, the head is the most important part of the body, and for no reason should you touch someone else’s. Don’t touch adults heads or children or babies.
- You can never enter a Buddhist or Hindu temple, even certain Catholic churches, with shoulders and knees in sight. Also in some Christian churches, this norm has being adopted. Find out the rules first before entering the temple.
- There are temples where only people who want to practice the religion can go in. The curious ones are not allowed to enter. Do not argue, you will see many more without disturbing anyone in their cult.
- The Muslim mosques close the doors to tourists in the schedules of prayers to respect the meaning of this rite.
- And much more…
2. Cultural differences and traveling ethics.
The culture of the people and their way of acting in the world vary enormously according to the geographical region where they are born. Because of this, an Oriental will always behave in a very different way than someone raised in the West. It can even vary between countries that share borders because they all have different histories and therefore they have been influenced by different cultures.
Do not judge and do not look bad at what is different from your manners and always respect cultural differences when traveling. For example:
- In India, women show their hair on a sign of coquetry and temptation to the opposite sex; so if you have decided to show it you must accept the looks from the opposite sex. If you cover it, you can escape from several inquisitive looks.
- To enter a house with shoes in most of the countries of Asia is a lack of respect.
- Orientals clean themselves with their left hand after going to the bathroom, so always say hello with your right hand.
- In Myanmar (Burma) men wear the “longy”, a long fabric that goes tied at the waist.
- And much more…
3. History and respect for the locals
Every country is marked by its history and the things that have happened there: wars, leaders, climatic problems, etc. Some are full of beautiful stories, discoveries, and development. Others have experience mostly terrible stories, full of death and suffering. It is your duty to be informed about this in order not to make unpleasant comments to the people and to act with respect to the locals in certain situations. Here are some examples:
- Cambodia had not many years ago, between 1975 and 1979, a Genocide where more than 1,500,000 people died. Pol Pot, in command of the country during the time, killed all those who could take him out of power for being smarter or against his ideology. He also kills the families of these people so that later they would not resent it. There are many concentration and extermination camps in the country, but the most visited is in Phnom Penh, the capital.
- We all know about Hitler and everything that happened in World War II: the deaths during the war and the genocide. Germans do not usually talk about the subject because they feel embarrassed. For example, it is culturally forbidden to name a child “Adolf”.
Each country has its rules, its history, its culture, its religion and its traditions. If you want to be a responsible tourist you must know and respect them.
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