6 Things to Help Support Our Local Communities

July/

A woman from Nubia, Egypt

A woman from Nubia, Egypt

One of the locals of Ayder, making a living from hosting tourists.

One of the locals of Ayder, making a living from hosting tourists.

Local women of Abyana wearing their traditional clothes.

Local women of Abyana wearing their traditional clothes.

Amira El Naqeeb
Most countries around the world have their own local communities, and the variety can range from; nomads, local tribes, Bedouins, to the indigenous people of a country. Many of these communities depend on tourism as their main income. So when there is less influx of tourist flow, their income is highly affected.

This is most applicable to countries where their local communities live far out, or away from the main cities, or in the cities close to their countries’ borders. Most of these communities are neglected by their governments, and they are hardly close to any decent living standard, striving to make ends meet.

Here are the most easiest ways to help them survive:
1- Visit them more often.
2- Buy their products; handcrafts, local food.
3- If they offer accommodation at their houses, stay there.
4- Talk to their elders, most of the time they have great stories to tell.
5- Record, take a note, or take as many photos, this is a way of preserving your heritage, and legacy.
6- If you are an investor in the tourism industry, build hotels, or lodges in a geo touristic manner, i.e. preserve the architectural heritage.

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