This is a practical guide to help you make your trip an enriching experience. The advice is based on the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism of the World Tourism Organization.
Travel and tourism should be planned and practiced as a means of individual and collective fulfilment. When practiced with an open mind, it is an irreplaceable factor of self education, mutual tolerance and learning about the legitimate differences between peoples and cultures and their diversity.
Everyone has a role to play creating responsible travel and tourism. Governments, business and communities must do all they can. As a guest you can contribute in many ways, making the difference in your own experience and the experience of the local communities:
- Open your mind to the many cultures and traditions in the region – it will transform your experience and you will earn respect and be more readily welcomed by local people. Be tolerant and respect diversity – observe social and cultural traditions and practices.
- Respect human rights. Exploitation in any form conflicts with the fundamental aims of tourism. The sexual exploitation of children is a crime punishable in the destination or at the offender’s home country.
- Help preserve natural environments. Protect wildlife and habitats and do not purchase products made from endangered plants or animals.
- Respect cultural resources. Activities should be conducted with respect for the artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage. Do not purchase product if they appear to have been taken from the site of cultural heritage.
- Your trip can contribute to economic and social development. Purchase local handicrafts and products to support the local economy using the principles of fair trade. Bargaining for goods should reflect an understanding of a fair wage.
- Engage in actions and activities with care, using common sense. Use service of local Via Dinarica Alliance members and affiliated service providers when embarking on outdoor and adventure activities, or consult with them in case you decide to do it independently.
- Do not engage in activities that might endanger fellow travelers or local population.
- Learn as much as possible about your destination and take time to understand the customs, norms and traditions. Avoid behaviour that could offend the local population.
- Inform yourself about the destination’s current health situation and access to emergency and consular services prior to departure and be assured that your health and personal security will not be compromised. Make sure that your specific requirements (diet, accessibility, medical care) can be fulfilled before you decide to travel to this destination.
- Familiarize yourself with the laws so that you do not commit any act considered criminal by the law of the country (ies) visited. Refrain from all trafficking in illicit drugs, arms, antiques, protected species and products or substances that are dangerous or prohibited by national regulations.