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25 Ways on How to be a Responsible Traveller

As the world continues to grow and evolve, it is more important than ever to be a responsible traveller. Being a responsible traveller means taking actions that benefit the destinations we visit and their residents, while also enhancing our own travel experience. Responsible travel involves taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint, support local economies, respect cultural differences, and preserve the environment. 

Here are the responsible traveller tips for you - by following these tips, you can ensure that your travels have a positive impact on the places you visit around Sabah, whether it's in Kota Kinabalu, Kundasang, Semporna, Danum Valley, Sandakan, or Tawau.

Environmental Responsibility

  1. Choose eco-friendly transportation, such as public transit or bike rentals
  2. Pack light and avoid single-use plastics by bringing a reusable water bottle and shopping bag. 
  3. Stay at eco-friendly accommodations that prioritize sustainable practices, such as reducing waste, conserving resources, and minimizing their carbon footprint. 
  4. Turn off lights and appliances when you leave your hotel room or vacation rental. 
  5. Avoid participating in activities that harm wildlife, such as elephant rides or swimming with dolphins. 

Social Responsibility

  1. Learn about the local customs, traditions, and etiquette to avoid any misunderstandings or cultural faux pas. 
  2. Support local businesses and vendors by shopping locally and trying out local restaurants and markets. 
  3. When visiting tourist attractions, be mindful of the impact you have on the local community and try to leave the area better than you found it. 
  4. Respect the locals' privacy and avoid taking photos without permission. 
  5. Be open-minded and respectful of cultural differences, and take the time to learn about the local history and way of life. 

Economic Responsibility

  1. Shop locally and support small businesses to support the local economy and helps to encourage the growth of small businesses. 
  2. Avoid buying products that support illegal trade, such as ivory or exotic animal skins. 
  3. Consider volunteering or donating to local charities or organizations that support sustainable tourism or community development. 
  4. Choose accommodations that support local employment and have a positive impact on the local economy. 
  5. Avoid bargaining too aggressively, and pay fair prices for goods and services. 

Cultural Responsibility

  1. Learn about the history and culture of the places you visit to gain a deeper understanding of the significance of the landmarks and attractions you see. 
  2. Respect sacred sites and avoid behaviour that might be seen as disrespectful or offensive. 
  3. Dress appropriately and avoid clothing that might be considered inappropriate or offensive. 
  4. Be mindful of your behaviour and avoid engaging in activities that might be seen as disrespectful or culturally insensitive. 
  5. Participate in cultural events and festivals in a respectful and appropriate way. 

Personal Responsibility

  1. Reduce your waste by bringing a reusable water bottle, shopping bag, and reusable utensils. 
  2. Avoid damaging or littering natural areas, and follow the "leave no trace" principle. 
  3. Be respectful to others, and avoid behaviour that might be seen as rude or inappropriate. 
  4. Seek out opportunities to make a positive impact, such as volunteering or supporting local charities. 
  5. Offset your carbon emissions by donating to carbon offset programs or supporting sustainable tourism initiatives. 

So, what are you waiting for? Become responsible travellers and create a better world through your travels! Pack your bags, grab your reusable water bottle, and let's explore Sabah in a responsible and sustainable way! is committed to promoting responsible travel and we believe that together - we can make a difference!