8 ways to help local businesses while you’re traveling

The responsible tourism movement aims to minimize and even reverse the  negative effects of travel, from overcrowding and pollution to the  erosion of cultural identity.

Book Locally Owned Accommodations

You’ll be contributing directly to the local economy, as you learn more about the place and its idiosyncrasies.

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Eat in Local Restaurants

Buying food from global chain restaurants doesn’t support the local economy — nor does it expand your palate, which is one of the great  benefits of travel.

Consider an Off-Season Visit

Instead of contributing to the tourist crush, try booking for a less coveted time.

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Rather than renting a car (likely from a global chain), hire a knowledgeable local driver to help you get around.

Hire Local Cars and Drivers


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