Tips for Travelers:
A few small steps can go a long way toward making your trip to Bolivia a more sustainable and enjoyable experience. Before you leave, try to:
Do a little research
Having background knowledge of the destination you plan to visit is not only useful for your safety, but can really improve your experience. Lots of information is available online or in guide books, so take a little time to research where you’re going and what you might need. For an overview of destinations in Bolivia, check our destinations pages and download our free Bolivia travel guides.
Learn the language
Or maybe just teach yourself a couple basic phrases like “please” and “thank you”. People you meet are always
more patient if they can tell you’re making an effort to learn the local language!
If you think there’s a small chance you’ll need it, you probably won’t. Obviously pack the necessities, but leave the extra bathing suit at home. You’ll be thanking yourself later when you’re not carrying those extra pounds.
Things don’t always go according to plan, but having a couple goals for what you would like to see or do on your trip is a good idea. Making a general itinerary can be helpful for managing your experience, but save room for the unexpected as well. One of our tour pages can give travelers a great idea of what there is to do in Bolivia.
When you are here:
Try to purchase souvenirs from locals and avoid cheap imported or knockoff items. Ensuring that your money is going directly into the local community helps to preserve the destination and its people.
Be a traveler, not a tourist
Immerse yourself in the destination and the culture. Try to allow yourself to experience the places you visit rather than just observing them. Don’t try to see too much… it’s better to really get to know one place than not know three!
It’s all right if you don’t know exactly what is acceptable or what to do when you are traveling. Rather than just assuming, take a moment and ask someone. Even if you were right, chances are you will learn something new.
Be aware of what you wear
It’s also important to be sensitive about extravagant displays of wealth. Exposing things such as cameras, jewelry, and lavish clothing not only draw attention, but also can create barriers and prevent you from developing genuine interactions.
Taking photos is part of the travel experience, but make sure you are courteous and ask permission when photographing any people or their property.
Respect the Environment
Some destinations can be fragile eco-systems, so even though you may just be visiting, remember to properly dispose of your trash, minimize your resource usage, and tread lightly. Try to leave every place you visit nicer than when you arrived!
When you get home:
Share your experience
Tell your friends and family about your experiences, and share your own responsible travel tips. Help other travelers learn how they can positively impact a destination. Check out our TripAdvisor page to see what suggestions and recommendations other travelers have.
This is really beneficial for destinations and tour operators to understand what they’re doing well and what they might work on. It is also an opportunity to provide suggestions for reducing the environmental impact or improving customer experiences.
Return the favor
Help preserve the destinations that you love by donating to a local program or finding out what organizations you can support. Our blog is a great way to keep up with what is going on in the community.