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From the North America Coordinating Center for Responsible Tourism.

  1. Travel in a spirit of humility and with a genuine desire to meet and talk to the local people.
  2. Be aware of the feelings of other people, this 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. Discover 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, rather than looking for the "beach paradise" of the tourist posters.
  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. If you really want a home away from home, why travel?
  9. Spend wisely. Remember when shopping that the bargain you obtain is only possible because of the low wages paid to the maker.
  10. Make no promises to local people unless you are certain you can fulfill them.
  11. Reflect daily on your experiences; seek to deepen your understanding. "what enriches you may rob or violate others."
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