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Can you shed some light on the Peaceful Traveler Creed?

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Someone told me that there is a kind of guide for Peaceful Travelers. Can you shed some light on this?

Dolly La Mahh


Aloha Dolly,

And, yes, indeed there is such a guide called the “Credo of the Peaceful Traveler.”

Here’s the history:
The Credo of the Peaceful Traveler, intended as an ethical travel philosophy for travelers to practice, emerged from a global event held by the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) in 1988. The IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler was the inspiration of a very special person at the IIPT First Global Conference called “Tourism – A Vital Force for Peace” held in Vancouver, Canada in 1988. The author requested to remain anonymous and the IIPT has respected this request to this day, so the author’s identity has not been revealed.

However, the text of the Credo of the Peaceful Traveler is very public and appears below.

Credo of the Peaceful Traveler

Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world and because peace begins with the individual, I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:

Journey with an open mind and gentle heart

Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter

Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life

Appreciate all cultures I discover

Respect and thank my hosts for their welcome

Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet

Support travel services that share these views and act upon them and,

By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace.

You can find more information about the IIPT via their Web site: .

Peaceful travels,

Big Kahuna