has come up with several guidelines for travellers who wish to minimise negative impacts on the countries they visit.
Support local enterprise.
Use locally-owned hotels and restaurants and support trade and craft workers by buying locally made souvenirs.
But do help safeguard the environment by avoiding souvenirs made from local wildlife - ivory, fur, skins, etc - particularly endangered species.
Recognise land rights.
Ask before taking close-up photographs of people.
Don't give money, sweets, pens, etc, to children.
It encourages begging and demeans the child.
A donation to a recognised project - a health centre or school- is a more constructive and meaningful way to help.
Show respect for local etiquette.
Politeness is a virtue in most parts of the world, but remember that different people have different ideas about what's polite.
Loose lightweight clothing is preferable.
Learn something about the history and current affairs of the country.
This helps you understand the
Idiosyncrasies of its people, and helps prevent misunderstandings and frustrations