Be an informed traveler

What better way to celebrate WTD 2013 than enjoying being a tourist yourself? WTD is the perfect time to reflect upon your responsibilities and impact as a traveler and commit to a more sustainable water future.

Simple steps such as taking a shower instead of a bath, or choosing not to have your bed linen and towels changed and washed every day can make a huge difference and will avoid unnecessary use of water and chemicals.

Try to know if your destination faces water and electricity power shortage. Your long shower could mean lack of water to local community. If possible, select accommodations with efficient equipment that allow for the rational use of water.

Respect the sites you visit, do not litter or take home souvenirs such as shells from the natural environment. At the beach, use water-resistant sun block to avoid polluting the sea and damaging marine fauna.

Report any incident or irregularity you have observed. You are part of the process of environmental, social and economic improvement of the destination.

Wherever you choose to go, remember to read the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism before you leave to make sure your trip is as sustainable and responsible as possible.