Whether as a tourist or a tour company, your dollar can go along way. Economic pressure is real, and supporting local businesses has numerous benefits. Supporting local prevents leakage, promotes community, and will give you a higher quality product.
Here are some ways you can support local and “tread lightly” on the road:
- Purchase tours from local businesses. They will have the most in-depth insights about local tours, insider information about events and community happenings, and of course the best stories to share!
- Shop local. Buying a local souvenir is something unique you can bring home as a reminder of your trip, so be sure to check the country of origin of your souvenir. Why go to Nepal to purchase something that was made in mass and shipped from China?
If visiting a local community based tourism enterprise, supporting their handcrafts is not only supporting their local economy, it is also promoting the local culture! Tour operators – consider adding a community tourism visit to your itinerary for a truly unique experience!
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- Eat local, or include local restaurants. Local eateries will feature fresh flavours that are special to a place. When in Rome, eat lots of pecorino Romano cheese!
- Leave an impact. If you would like to “do good” during your travels and are considering volunteering or making a donation, first check with a local NGO where your dollar will make the most impact.
If you are volunteering or arranging a volunteer gig, please do your research! Here are a couple of links to get you started: