In most Asian countries, travelers are likely to come across unique public transport systems, such as jeepneys, rickshaws and motorbikes. Why not soak up more of the culture by sharing a ride with the locals? Start a conversation with the family beside you on the bus, or ask for directions from the friendly jeepney driver. Aside from saving energy, taking the local transport is the cheapest way to move from one point to another.
5. EAT AT LOCAL RESTAURANTS
Shun that familiar fast-food chain for your meals or snacks. By supporting local restaurants, one can indulge in an authentic culinary experience and sustain the growth of local businesses. Do a bit of research on where to find restaurants that source their ingredients locally. These establishments help support the livelihood of those who work in farms, fishing villages, vineyards or microbreweries in the area.
6. BE AN ECO-FRIENDLY GUEST
Make your stay more fulfilling by remembering a few basic rules as a hotel guest. Turn off lights, faucets or air-conditioning when you’re not using it. Short showers should suffice to help you wind down after a busy day. And don’t ask for new towels or bed sheets every day to reduce water wastage.
7. SHOP WISELY FOR SOUVENIRS
When we travel, we want to bring home a keepsake that will remind us of the place. Forget the ubiquitous souvenir t-shirt and plastic key chain! Visit handicraft stores and see artisans at work. Buy locally made products from the farmer’s market, craft fairs and antique shops. Be careful though. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reminds us not to purchase products made with parts from endangered species. It’s illegal and downright cruel as well