Many parts of the world are now so accessible that we are able to travel to places on a reasonable budget and take part in incredible experiences that, decades ago, would have been only available for a lucky few. But as exciting new experiences are offered by the tourism industry, it is incumbent upon us not to take advantage of the areas we visit.
I recently returned from a holiday to Thailand. I went there to volunteer with an animal charity that I support. But arriving in Bangkok and walking down the backpacking hotspot of Khao San Road, I became disheartened by the number of cruel and unethical experiences on offer to unsuspecting tourists.
Although many tourists who take part in activities such as elephant rides are not aware of the abuse that is inflicted on wildlife, it is our responsibility to make sure that we do as little harm as possible when travelling abroad.
For World Responsible Tourism Day, here’s a list of ethical ways to enjoy everything Thailand has to offer:
Avoid elephant rides
It may seem like a great idea to have your picture taken while sat on the back of an Asian elephant, but the animals can be kept in terrible conditions…