An ally is any person who takes actions—big or small—to advance the equality of a marginalized group that they’re not a part of. Allyship is a journey of life-long learning, and it is something you can apply to all aspects of your life, including travel.

Here are 10 tips for you to consider to help you be a better ally while traveling.

Woman walking through Asian market


1.研究,研究,研究— Learn about where you’re going: read a novel, reach out to someone who’s travelled there or is from there, do some online exploration about local culture and customs, and investigate government/laws.


2. Get in with the lingo——找出说,不是说什么。战斗discriminatory language by writing, speaking, or using images that reflect a broad range of identities and perspectives. Seek advice or more information when you’re unsure.

作为指导,您可以检查一下inclusive language article here.

3. Be conscious of your own baggage and privilege— We all have biases; be conscious of the stereotypes you might have and put them aside before taking off on your journey.

考虑偏差在当地的食物和衣服,how you should pack accordingly. For example, women may need to dress more conservatively when visiting temples or sacred locations; or you may need to proactively research the common food dish ingredients, especially if you are vegan/vegetarian visiting a country that is more meat-based.

Pro-tip! Check out this article for some ways to politelygreet in different cultures.

City with Pride flag

During travel

4. Leave your judgments at home— Remember whatever you think you know, and you think is right is only from one perspective: your own. Depending where you stand, a 6 can look like a 9 and vice versa.

If you find yourself thinking, “This is better where I live,” think about how what you’re used to might be from a different perspective—like driving on the left or on the right, or having cheese after desert or desert after cheese.

5. Visit local communities and chat with locals— Ask questions with curiosity and listen actively and openly to the answers (even if you don’t agree at first). Make sure to respect the customs, don’t treat one’s culture like a tourist attraction; show genuine appreciation for a culture. When you’re taking a photo of (or in front) of something, do you know what you’re taking a photo of, or is it “just for the ‘gram?”

Also, if you’re traveling abroad, think about practicing the local language, there are a ton of apps to help like Duolingo, Google Translate, HelloTalk, TripLingo, Tandem, iTranslate, and more.

6.没有痕迹— Being an ally also means looking after the environment you’ve traveled to—not leaving any traces behind, being mindful of the resources you use, and not taking any “natural souvenirs” with you.

We all know the tempting feeling of wanting to take some sand from that pristine beach, or dropping our lunch packaging in the first (and not necessarily correct) bin, or of taking an extra long shower after a hot day outside despite the drought signs. These things, though they might seem benign, have a negative impact on the environment and on the local populations who inhabit the land, so focus on taking memories with you and leave smiles behind instead.

Another way to respect the environment or being more locally-minded could be to find an opportunity to volunteer for a day. For example, plant trees, restore houses, collect supplies, or help an underrepresented community.

7. Call in kindly— If someone says something you don’t agree with, then ask them about their intent and kindly point out their impact. Instead of “calling out,” you should “call in” different perspectives by sharing how the impact of their words may not match their positive intent.

If you’re the one being called in, be grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow as an ally.

8.把钱放在你的价值观的位置- 花费可以帮助当地社区,小型企业和代表性不足的身份,例如有色人种,残疾人或LGBTQIA+拥有的身份,在这里会有所作为。


Black traveler shopping

Post travel

9. Reflect and reminisce— Think back not only on what you experienced but also on what you learned, what challenged your biases, and what changed you.

10. Share generously— Spread all the amazing things you learned with your friends, family, followers, and be open to them sharing their views with you. The trip might be over, but the ally learning journey never ends.


这篇文章是由员工旅行专家,SolèneMaudAnglaret,Monica Pedraja,Veronica Velazquez,Majojo Kuss,Shayla Silva和Ana Aliseris合作撰写的。