What is Responsible Travel?
Responsible Travel is all about traveling in a way that environmentally, culturally and socially responsible that helps our destinations retain their natural character and cultural diversity for future generations. Traveling to remote and off-the-beaten-track destinations and immerse oneself in another culture brings travelers great fun and memorable experiences, but may inadvertently have negative impacts on the local communities and environments. It is common knowledge that the economic gain from tourism can be vital for a country, but this should never be at the expense of that country’s culture or environment.
Responsible Travel & Asiana Travel Mate
“Responsible Travelling & Sharing” is Asiana Travel Mate’s slogan, we endeavor to create programs that aim to positively benefit both travelers and local people, that respect and protect local communities and environment. Asiana Travel Mate is strongly committed to responsible travel and true sustainability. Our commitment was formed from the company’s inception, and today, in the face of a multitude of threats to the environment, our commitment is stronger than ever. We have developed a set of guidelines that provide you tips and advice on how you can play a part in reducing the impact on local environment and cultures. For more detailed information please contact us:
Responsible Travel & Your Role
Our Company’s policies and guidelines mean little without YOUR participation. With little effort on your part, you will find yourself coming to a warmer welcome, having a deeper understanding of local cultures and people, and feeling pleased to have left positive marks on the communities you visited. We follow these guidelines and hope that you will too.
Responsible Travel Guidelines
• Respecting Cultural Differences
• Interactive Cultural Exchange
• Personal Questions
• Dressing codes
• Camera & Video Camera
Some Important Etiquette
• Crooking your finger to call somebody is considered rude. Asian people generally use a subtle downward waving motion to summon someone.
• Avoid gestures’ such as: pointing your fingers, your feet at people, touching heads.
• Avoid showing affection to your partners in public, esp. no kissing. The people will not tell you as a matter of politeness, but they will see you as setting bad examples to their children.
• It is polite to remove your shoes before entering people’s home and at temples or religious sites. Look for shoes at the front door as a clue and follow suit.
• Avoid criticism if possible, if not, criticism is best to be put among praise and not in public.
• Avoid talking in a raised voice, as this can be mistaken as you are talking in a mood of anger. Also, as said above, losing your temper, showing your impatience will not gain you anything but an embarrassment.
• Donations and Gifts
» For large donations, please consult your tour guide/leader for appropriate projects that we currently support or we can help guide the donations to the right people.
» For small donations, please ask your tour guide/leader to help to contact community chiefs, school headmasters, teachers, local doctors, charity organizations…your donations are best distributed through these channels.
» Money may not be the best donation you can think of when visiting hill tribe villages, essentials like pens, notebooks, clothes…are highly appreciated.
» Please note that you are expected to give a small donation when visiting temples, pagodas or religious sites. There are always donation boxes at these places for the purpose.
» Avoid having the feeling that you need to give some ‘material’ things to please the host, friendship can be achieved through conversations, sharing knowledge, jokes…