Code of Ethics for Travelers

  1. Travel in a spirit of humility and genuine desire to meet and talk with the local people.
  2. Be aware of the feelings of other people, thus preventing what might be offensive behavior. Remember this especially with photography.
  3. Cultivate the habit of listening and observing, rather than merely hearing and seeing.
  4. Realize that people in the country you visit often have time concepts and thought patterns different from your own. Not inferior, just different.
  5. Discover the enrichment that comes from seeing another way of life.
  6. Acquaint yourself with the local customs. Respect local customs; people will be happy to help you.
  7. Cultivate the habit of asking questions instead of knowing all the answers.
  8. Remember that you are one of thousands of visiting tourists. Do not expect special privileges.
  9. If you really want a home away from home, why travel?
  10. Spend wisely. Remember when shopping that the bargain you obtain is only possible because of the low wages paid

(From: Ithaca College – Study Abroad Program)

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3 thoughts on “Code of Ethics for Travelers

  1. Randi, Your Code of Ethics is absolutely excellent! I love your emphasis that “different” is “Not inferior, just different.” If all travelers had your insight it would enhance the the experience for everyone. Thanks so much for publishing this. All the best, Terri

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