Here are some resources I suggest checking out if you’re interested in this sort of thing. I’ll keep this page updated as I find new stuff, and please feel free to contact me if you think your page should be included or would like to work with me!
A non-profit that attempts to use the economic power of the tourism industry to improve human rights and environmental conditions around the world. Especially cool is their yearly list of the ten best ethical destinations in the world, and their 13 tips for an accidental ambassador, which is a truly stellar guide to the basic of being an ethical traveler.
This page is a great list of resources and information for the ethical traveler. I suggest checking out their weekly Twitter chats. They occur Wednesdays at 6 p.m. GMT using #RTTC, and they cover a wide range of topics. It’s a great way to meet and talk with other experts in the Responsible Tourism field.
Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves
Rick Steves is the king of travel guides, so naturally, his book is probably the most famous in the ethical travel genre. It reads a little bit like a travelogue — there’s not much here on how to behave, really, it’s just politically-oriented stories of Steves’ travels — and it’s geared primarily towards an older, moderate American audience. Steves’ writes like a Dad (he makes a Paris Hilton joke in a book that was published in 2015), he’s unabashedly pro-capitalism, and he manages to not mention climate change in a book that’s about politicized travel, so it may not be for readers of this blog. But it is an excellent primer on how to engage with politics in other countries, and on how to constructively and critically compare American politics and policies to those of other countries.