Treat travel as a learning opportunity first and foremost. Keep your eyes and your mind open. Indulge your curiosity, be brave, find your own journey of discovery.
Research and ask questions about a place before you go and while on the road. Strive to understand and respect cultural and religious nuances and customs. Appreciate, don’t appropriate traditions from other cultures.
Travel smart. Remember that just because you are abroad doesn’t mean you are invincible, entitled or above the rules (you’re not).
Seek meaningful travel experiences and connections. Make an effort to be more than a spectator - engage and participate whenever you can. Learn a few words of the local lingo - your efforts won’t go unnoticed, neither will a smile.
Acknowledge that tourism has a dark side. Don’t knowingly support this underbelly. Grow from any past mistakes.
Share your stories, your expertise, what you’ve learned. But more importantly, be a good listener. Every single one of us has something to contribute. Explore the differing perspectives that you encounter, spend time trying to actively understand them.
Choose the path less traveled, and tread lightly along the way. Offset your carbon footprint, use less plastic, make the most sustainable choice wherever you can. If you think somewhere is amazing, chances are future generations will too - make sure it’s there for them to experience.
Use your travel dollars for a positive impact. Question where the money goes before you book - make sure the locals are benefitting from your travel choices. Buy locally and responsibly, barter graciously.
If you can give a little back to the places that you’ve traveled, do - those few dollars can go further than you may imagine.
Most importantly, be an ambassador for yourself and your fellow nomads - you are more than just travelers, you are also powerful agents for positive change