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What does fair travel mean?

  • Respect for foreign cultures
  • Relations of partnership
  • Ecological compatibility
  • Involvement of the local population
  • Human rights are respected

Tourism can contribute to a sustainable development. Hereby, sustainability is primarily a way of thinking and acting. This is why Bread for the World – Tourism Watch together with its partners in the Global South is committed to promote a fair and cooperative tourism from which tourists and hosts benefit equally. The focus of the journey is the appreciation of the foreign: Meaning to regard and respect beliefs, practices, traditions and social graces.

The contact between the tourist and the host can be a life-enriching exchange of experiences for both sides. Since travellers are guests, they should behave respectfully towards foreign cultures and living environments.

“When visiting others, rather open your eyes than your mouth.”
(Tanzanian proverb)

Sometimes it is better not to have ready-made answers but to be interested and to ask questions. Scrutinise your own opinions and attitudes; critically question stereotypes, prejudices and facts often taken for granted. See for yourself how things are by thoroughly observing them.

Before you start your journey, ask yourself:

  • What do I look forward to? What do I willingly leave behind?

  • Who is pleased with my travelling? At home? In the country I go to?

  • Do I want to learn something on this journey? What do I want to learn?

  • Which persons do I want to get to know? What do I already know about them? What do they know about me? What do I expect from them?

  • Who benefits from my journey? To whom might it do harm?

  • What will I bring on this journey and what do I want to take home? What kinds of thoughts, presents or souvenirs?

  • Could I involuntarily hurt somebody in the country I go to? By means of a tip that I give, presents, words, habits, demeanour or photographs?

  • How do people see me? In their eyes, am I an "intruder", somebody who brings money from abroad, or a guest from a different world?

  • How do I feel as a stranger in another culture?

  • How much time will I spend in cities and how much in the countryside?

  • Is there time for unexpected encounters and conversations? How much time do I have for myself? How much time do I want to take to really get to know the country and its people?

  • Do I look forward to going back home? Why (not)? To what/whom do I look forward to (or not)?
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