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3 Ways To Make Sure You're Traveling Ethically

Anne June 14th, 2023
3 Ways To Make Sure You're Traveling Ethically



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Traveling abroad ethically involves approaching travel with a mindful and responsible mindset. By embracing ethical travel practices, we can create more authentic and enriching experiences while preserving the cultural heritage and natural beauty of the places we visit.

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1. Support Local Businesses

Supporting local businesses when traveling abroad is an excellent way to contribute to the local economy and promote sustainable tourism. By supporting them, you help maintain and celebrate the cultural heritage of the destination. Be sure to bring cash to shop at these markets. Cash is king. Not only will cash be the most common form of payment at these local shops, but you'll also avoid paying foreign ATM fees while traveling abroad. Here are some amazing local markets to visit abroad.

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

Marrakech, Morocco: Souks, or bazaars is a marketplace with multiple small shops. The Jemaa el-Fnaa square and the labyrinthine alleys of the Medina are two of the most popular souks in Marrakech. Here you'll find a vibrant mix of traditional crafts, spices, textiles, and intricate handmade goods. 

Chichicastenango, Guatemala: The Chichicastenango Market is one of the largest and most vibrant indigenous markets in Central America. It offers a colorful array of textiles, pottery, handicrafts, and fresh produce, showcasing the rich Mayan culture. 

Hoi An, Vietnam: Hoi An's Central Market is a must-visit destination. From fresh seafood and produce to tailor-made clothing and handcrafted lanterns, the market reflects the town's unique heritage. 

Istanbul, Turkey: The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the world's largest and oldest markets, dating back to the 15th century. There's everything from spices and teas to jewelry, carpets, and traditional Turkish handicrafts. 

Oaxaca City, Mexico: the Benito Juarez Market is famous for its vibrant colors and a wide variety of local products. Explore the market to find delicious food, including Oaxacan chocolate, mezcal, traditional textiles, and intricate wood carvings. 

2. Respect Local Culture and Customs

Learn about the customs, traditions, and etiquette of the destination you're visiting. When traveling abroad, it's important to be aware of clothing customs to respect the local culture and avoid unintentionally offending. Here are some clothing customs to know for different regions:

Thai Woman Praying in front Temple

Middle Eastern Countries: Women should cover their shoulders, arms, and legs with loose-fitting clothing. It's also advisable for women to carry a scarf to cover their hair when entering mosques or religious sites. 

Southeast Asian Countries: In many temples and religious sites, both men and women should cover their shoulders and knees.

East Asian Countries: It's important to remove shoes when entering certain traditional establishments. 

European Countries: In more conservative regions or when visiting religious sites, it's advisable to cover shoulders and knees. Avoid wearing overly revealing clothing. 

3. Learn and Engage

Even learning a few basic phrases in the local language can go a long way in showing respect and building connections with locals. Before heading abroad, take some time to learn some greetings. You can use apps like Duolingo or Babbel to learn some simple phrases like "Hello," "Hi," "Good morning," and "Good evening." Here are some greetings to know if you're visiting France, Germany, Italy, Spain, or Japan


France: "Bonjour" (Hello), "Bonsoir" (Good evening) 

Germany: "Guten Tag" (Hello), "Guten Morgen" (Good morning), "Guten Abend" (Good evening) 

Italy: "Ciao" (Hello/Goodbye), "Buongiorno" (Good morning), "Buonasera" (Good evening) 

Spain: "Hola" (Hello), "Buenos días" (Good morning), "Buenas tardes" (Good afternoon), "Buenas noches" (Good evening/night) 

Japan: "Konnichiwa" (Hello/Good afternoon), "Ohayō gozaimasu" (Good morning), "Konbanwa" (Good evening) 



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