The term responsible comes from the noun response,
in turn from the verb respond ('to react').
Book your holiday sensibly
- Book sensibly means always try and book your holiday or tour via one of the
local Libyan tour operators or travel agencies, so that your money will help
the local economy, and also make sure while inside the country to support local
hotels, restaurants and other tourist services.
- Use common sense.
- Never talk about politics.
- Always remain calm in difficult situations.
- Be polite to everyone.
- Always respect other's religious practices.
- Always kindly ask permission before taking photographs.
- Never point the soles of your shoes directly at other people.
- If invited to a house, please do leave your shoes outside (or do what everyone
- Avoid smoking in people's homes, unless they are smoking.
- Avoid kissing in public.
- Always use your right hand when offering or receiving things, eating or shaking
- Always dress modestly: (you can wear swim suit away from traditional families'
- Avoid refusing offers of food or drink, if you can.
- Do not eat in public in Ramadan (the fasting month).
- Do not touch ancient monuments and displayed artifacts.
- Do not touch wild animals.
- Do not use flash photography where it is not permitted.
- Avoid products that were made from endangered or protected species.
- Do not leave
your rubbish behind.
Use Energy Sensibly
The impact of greenhouse gases on our planet can be reduced
by adopting some of
the energy-saving measures listed below. Being a responsible
traveller can make all the difference and help bring happiness and joy to the
lives of millions of people affected by climate change, but being a responsible
citizen will even benefit the whole planet and your life.
If you are serious about climate care, then have a look at the following list
of things you can do without having to pay anyone any money - instead you will
save a lot of it:
- Buy clean green power, if you can.
- Turning your central heating thermostat down by 1°C could save up to 288
kilos of CO2.
- Turning appliances, like TVs and PCs, off standby could save up to 36 kilos
- Using 30°C wash cycle could save up to 36 kilos of CO2.
- Boiling only as much water as you need for your tea or coffee could save
up to 24 kilos of CO2.
- Defrosting your fridge and freezer saves energy by making them more efficient.
- Using short showers instead of baths saves a lot of energy and water. Using
less water makes a double saving: less energy heating the tap water, and less
energy cleaning the water after it has gone down the plughole.
- The Science Museum in London recommends fitting a compost tank under your
toilet and redoing your plumbing so that it flushes with water recycled from
your bath or dishwasher. (Do not try this at home!)
- Insulating hot water pipes and tanks saves a lot of energy.
- Closing the curtains at night stops heat loss through the windows.
- Loft and cavity wall insulation save a significant amount of energy and money.
- Putting draught strips around windows and doors prevents the loss of heat
and could save up to 20% of the energy used.
- Turning off room lights when not needed saves energy.
- Use energy-saving light bulbs as they use less than a quarter of the energy
used by ordinary bulbs (75% saving).
- Waiting until having full load before using the washing machine saves energy.
- Using cold wash cycle for clothes that are not very dirty saves a lot of
- Using low-temperature for dishwashers saves energy.
- Using a toaster rather than a grill to make toast saves energy.
- Depending on type of work you do, ask your employer to arrange for you to
work from home a day or two a week: this cuts down on travel costs, commuter
stress, and energy used in the office.
- Install solar cells on your roof if you can afford them. There are some systems
which allow you to make money as well by selling the surplus energy produced
to energy companies.
- Sure you can think of many other ways to live green.
- Ensure all electrical and electronic appliances, like TVs, stereos and DVD
players, are fully switched off before going away.
- Turning off air conditioning units and electronic appliances and lights in
hotel rooms when not needed and before leaving the hotel.
- Fly less: reduce your air miles by not flying locally; instead take
the train whenever you can.
- Fly smart: avoid changing flights and always fly direct to your destination.
- Reduce the amount of luggage you take with you - fly light.
- Fly cheaply: choose an economy flight wherever is possible.
- Fly sensibly: choose airliners with clear carbon efficient policies (hard
- Force airliners to cut down the number of flights by occasionally taking
a holiday at home (helping the local economy).
- Drive less: share your car with friends and neighbours, use a bike, and walk
short distances whenever you can.
- Short car journeys while your engine is still warming up produce buckets
of CO2: why not walk the kids to school?
- Drive smarter: driving in higher gears and switching the engine off when
caught in traffic jams saves fuel and therefore reduces CO2 emissions.
- Check your car: soft tyres, excess weight, air-conditioning, and poorly maintained
car can increase your fuel bill.
Please see our recommendations for driving in Libya at:
- Help preserve the environment and the natural resources. Do not take part
in collecting artifacts from the Sahara, like stone implements, prehistoric art
fragments, coins, shells and pottery, all of which must be collected and studied.
Doing so is against the law and wholly damaging to Libya's history.
- Preserve flowers and plants wherever you can.
- Do not pour water over prehistoric paintings in order to bring their colour
out for good photos, as has been reported, and do not scratch, sign or autograph
your name near the painting. Free software is available online which allows one
to retouch photos with one click. Do not break any pieces to sell online.
- Help preserve rare water and wood to make sure the local communities will
not be affected in the future.
- Use soap and other cleaning products only away from water sources and ensure
protection from water pollution.
- Remove all extra packaging material from all the things you will be taking
with you before leaving your country.
- Help the local economy by buying local produce whenever is possible, as opposed
to imported goods; making sure not to buy any products made from endangered species
or ancient goods.
- Always try and listen to what the local people have to say rather than impose
your hasty answers on matters alien to you.
- Never look down at local people for whatever reason you might have in your
- Bush toilets: hole should be away from water sources and as deep as possible;
cover with sand afterwards.
- Do not touch animals.
- Do not uproot plants for your private collection, for fire, or whatever reason.
- Do not destroy bushes or break tree branches for fire wood; instead ask your
desert expert or guide to show you where to find dead wood.
- Do not come very close to animals.
- Do not hunt wild animals for fun or food.
- Do not disturb the natural habitat of animals: example: do not turn over
stones in the desert for no reason, as this may and often will destroy many homes,
such as scorpions' homes. If you have to do this for camping reasons, then make
sure you do it in broad day light and never at night, otherwise you will risk
inviting scorpions to your home (tent).
- Never corner a snake, and always stay away and allow enough space. Cornering
a snake sends the wrong signal and may force the snake to panic and attack; otherwise
they are very peaceful animals and often will pass right through your camp, and
even climb over your sleeping body without causing any harm. They only attack
when they feel they are threatened - just like humans; well!
- If you are exploring the habitat on foot, then open your eyes and make sure
you are wearing good boots.
- Do not smuggle small species in or out of the countries you visit.
- If you take a camera with you then make sure not to use the flash in the
vicinity of animals, and also remember to take enough memory cards (or films)
with you. Flash can trigger unwanted reactions.
- If you are a smoker, then please make sure you do not smoke in the vicinity
of animals (and humans) and do not use your lighter or matches as this may scare
- Please remember not to leave any rubbish behind and do not burry it; only
bury your own (biological) waste where there is no toilet.
- Tins, plastic, batteries, glass, tampons, condoms and other artificial material
should be taken back to camping site for proper disposal or to the nearest village
or town. Some tourists minimise this by taking their own supplies in reusable
- Due to lack proper of recycling facilities, technology or even understanding
in current Libya, travellers are advised and encouraged
to take toxic refuse, such as batteries and aerosols, back to their countries
of origin, and to leave all unnecessary packaging back home.
- Not many people know why water bottles are shaped the way they are (with
lines and grooves across them); these lines are designed for squashing the bottle
to a fifth of its original size, as follows: remove the top, place your hand
under the bottle, then push the top of the bottle all the way down and immediately
replace the top (the lid) before releasing it to prevent air going back in. Like
this you will end up with much less rubbish to carry back.
- Do not take wood from living trees, only use dead wood found about. Collect
good wood during your day travel to use at night, rather than wait until dark
and then start looking for trouble (scorpions, snakes, etc.), and always remember
to keep fires small and use a pre-existing fire ring (or hearth) wherever is