Tourism helps countries and cities economically, but visitors must know about the place or country they want to visit. There is one thing you must assure is that you create a positive impact. Here are some sustainable tricks and tips:
Volunteer on trip
Get the feel of a place when you are visiting so that it stays memorable. You can do this by getting in touch directly with the locals. Check before you leave or ask a tour operator for ideas or research online. Contact them before and see if you can bring something that fits your budget such as pet toys, a small donation to animal organizations, bedding, etc. This gives you a chance to know them closely and being a volunteer during your trip offers an opportunity to explore the places deeply and you will have people supporting you for your good cause and participating attitude.
There are all chances you feel tempted to eat at a chain restaurant or hotel and rest in the comfort zone that is prominent and well known, but eating local food is like supporting the economy personally. You also get to experience the nearness of the people staying there and eating local is always fresh made. Besides the food spots that are owned locally offer authentic meals and you are treated with special attention as eating locally means you are giving money to the locals directly and also honoring their culture.
Putting money into the pockets of the locals cannot be done directly. It will hurt their self-respect. At the same time, bargaining in the markets should be done with clear though as it refers to price down. Getting a good deal certainly adds excitement, but remember that your purchase helps the locals to every bit. As a tourist, you come prepared and so shelling an extra dollar to a local purchase are not going to be much than your tipping at some restaurant. Try being generous and you can do this neatly by avoiding bargaining.
Carry your stuff
Try not to use the hotel shampoos and conditioners as they are just wasteful. Instead, pack your own stuff and carry soap bottles or refillable shampoo bottles. Bringing your stuff is helpful on the go even at the airports. Pack your food packet and eat it at the airport, nobody is going to stop you, and besides you can enjoy your homemade food, that is always unbeatable.
Avoid getting your towels and linens washed
Some places do not permit washing towels and linens; you must adhere to their rules. Try to stick to rules. At the same instance, if you notice some of them washing, regardless of the card instructing not to do so, do make a comment. Support from tourists or visitors will be highly appreciated, and you earn respect than you expect.