Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: Ethical tourism, green tourism, responsible tourism; what’s the difference and how can you go on holiday without harming the planet?Choosing your dream destination usually comes down to things like the weather, accommodation, night life and activities. But what about the impact your holiday will have on the local community, the environment or even bigger issues like global warming?With an increased number of cheap flights, more and more of us are jetting off in search of beautiful exotic beaches, adrenaline-fuelled adventures or just last-minute weekend escapes. But we can all do our bit to make sure that our escapades don’t end up damaging the environment, leaving destinations intact for future generations to enjoy.But first, a brief guide to some of the terminology:Responsible tourism: It’s all about you – being responsible for your choice of destination, how you get there, how you deal with any economic, political or cultural experiences you might have whilst on holiday, and the wider impact on the environment.Sustainable tourism: Travel that limits the impact on local communities and surrounding environments, encourages economic prosperity by creating jobs and fostering greater social cohesion.Ecotourism: A pillar of sustainable tourism, ecotourism (or ecological tourism) focuses on preserving the natural environment – flora and fauna, as well as cultural heritage – of the place you’re visiting.Ethical tourism: Travel to or within a country where you might encounter ethical issues, such as human rights injustices and animal welfare concerns.Green tourism: Instead of hiring that private jet, or gas guzzling 4WD, green tourism simply means that you use environmentally-friendly modes of transport. Traditionally, green tourism hasn’t been concerned with social or economic factors, but is now used in this wider context.Read more: The Skyscanner glossary of tourist and travel termsNow we’ve got that straight, here are 7 tips to being a responsible tourist:1. **Shop locally**Ditch the tacky tea towels or mass-produced fridge magnets; buy your souvenirs from local shops and handicraft boutiques. Same goes for eating out; try to find some delicious home cooking and sample local cuisine. This will encourage cultural artistic traditions, help support local businesses and you’ll have a truly authentic and unique gift to take home with you.2. **Don’t give money to beggars**Whilst they may tug at your heart strings, giving cash to street kids, or any type of beggar you might encounter abroad, only fuels social inequality, providing immediate relief and no long-term solution to their plight. If you want to make a real difference consider donating to a charity when you get home or before you set off.3. **Choose an ethical tour operator**If you’re concerned that money spent on organising your trip is going solely in to travel agents’ pockets without benefitting the community, then do your homework before you book. This is particularly important if you plan on volunteering. While offering your time and money for a worthy cause is commendable, it’s less so if volunteers are keeping local workers out of jobs, or forcing under-resourced institutions to spend money updating facilities for tourists. Many tour operators will build bespoke travel itineraries for you and ensure that a sizeable amount of spends will directly be used to support development. Tourism Concern have a handy list of ethical volunteering organisations for you to check out.Listen to the Skyscanner podcast: 11 ways to work abroad4. **Make the most of public transport**Visiting a city and you want to save your poor feet from too much pavement pounding? Make sure you find out what your public transport options are; ask in your hotel, they can usually provide you with maps and explain costs. Visit the nearest stop and hop aboard! As well as being a super cheap and environmentally friendly, you’ll also get to experience a slice of everyday life and hang out with locals on their daily commute.Read more: 10 tips for a greener holiday5. **Grab a set of wheels**The best way to discover a new place is either by foot or by hiring a bicycle. Take off at your own pace and explore all those cute cobbled side streets, stopping off for a coffee or cold refresher at a pavement café. Not only is this better for the environment, it’ll help burn a few extra calories after feasting on all that local grub.6. **Research your destination**Do some homework about the country you are visiting, beyond how many pristine beaches or sundowner spots that are – although these things are pretty important too! If you’re anxious about encountering or encouraging any ethically dubious activity, make sure you have a realistic picture of what the political, economic and social situation is in your chosen destination – learn a bit about local customs and attitudes before you take off.Read more: Top 10 most environmentally pure countries7. **Leave wildlife where it is**As tempting as it might be to take that shiny seashell or colourful bit of coral home as a souvenir, being a responsible tourist means leaving nature alone. Avoid buying goods made from materials collected as a result of illegal poaching, for example ivory or certain animal skins. Even some tropical hard woods, like sandalwood, should be left where they belong and not carted back in your suitcase.Got any more tips to being an ethical tourist? Leave them in the comments below.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Aegean AirlinesAlitaliaJet2 ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWorking hard or hardly working? Here’s 9 of the coolest jobs you can get on a working holiday visa in Western AustraliaIn partnership with Fancy getting paid to swim with wild dolphins? Or wrangle camels? How about being able to contribute to conservation projects in stunning national parks while you earn money to spend on craft beer and cocktails? 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