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Reduce the Impact your Trip has on the Environment & Travel more Sustainably

Sustainable Travel is much broader than just minimising our Environmental Footprint.

It is about Reducing Negative impacts and Maximising Positive Benefits for Communities, Cultures, Ecosystems, Yourself, and the Planet.

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The most famous spots are often overcrowded and most of the time not what they are hyped up to be.

Find more unique places and experiences so you can:

  • Have a more Memorable & Authentic experience
  • Spread the benefits of Tourism more equally, to more local people

 

How to do this?

Visit main spots off peak season, ask locals, research past the top ten lists or check out our Unique Experiences section for the Trip you are going on!

While you should always do what you can to Minimise your energy usage, some carbon emissions will remain unavoidable.

You can compensate by Carbon Offsetting.

Simple ways to do this:

  1. Calculate your Carbon Footprint (e.g. with this online Calculator)
  2. Purchase Offsets that are equivalent (you can find Projects that you believe in, for example some may plant trees, prevent deforestation in a tropical Rainforest, build a Wind Farm…)

 

Top Tip: Google Flights gives you the option with many Airlines to offset the estimated Carbon Emissions from that flight.

Carbon Offset Projects often have benefits that go further than emissions reductions, they may:

  • Create Local Jobs
  • Improve Sanitation
  • Conserve endangered species

Generally, Planes and Cars tend to be the least efficient  modes of Transportation.

When Travelling to closer destinations, Travel by Train or Bus to cut your emissions while enjoying the scenery.

Once you are at your Destination, consider alternatives to Renting a Car, such as taking a Bus, Cycling, or Walking.

 

If you do rent a Car, opt for a smaller, more efficient model.

A Packed itinerary means you spend more time rushing around, and less time immersing yourself in the experience.

Spending more time in a destination makes for more authentic, memorable, and meaningful travel experiences.

You reduce pressure on the cities and communities you visit, and create greater benefits for the local businesses.

It also reduces your Carbon emissions, as you spend less time flying or driving between destinations.

Tourists often consume significantly more water and energy than local residents and many destinations struggle to keep up with the demand.

Ways to Reduce your Consumption:

  • Stay in low impact accommodation (either smaller, more basic accommodation, or a higher-end property that utilises Renewable Energy and energy efficient Technologies)
  • Keep up the DO NOT DISTURB sign for less unneeded Cleaning and Laundering

Support Local Markets, Restaurants, Accomodation, Local Entrepreneurs.

Don’t give money to beggars, better to donate to Empowering Charities (otherwise it could start to encourage dependence on tourist handouts).

Many countries lack sufficient waste management infrastructure to keep up with the amount of Plastic waste that is produced by tourists and locals.

As a result, plastics end up overflowing landfills or dumped in the environment where they can remain for hundreds of years.

With the increased reliance on plastics due to COVID-19, it is even more important to cut down your own consumption when you travel.

How?

  • Bring your own Water Bottle
  • Change eating habits: Dine in rather than Take-Out, eat Local, eat Fresh, Skip the Straw.

Remember, the Destination you are Visiting is someone else’s Home.

Obey the local laws, from traffic rules to health and safety precautions.

Inform yourself about local cultural norms, and learning a few basic phrases in their language can go a long way.

Do your best to leave places like you found them so future travellers and residents can enjoy them too.

A little bit of respect goes a long way – be considerate and treat the locals with dignity (for example: honoring their privacy and asking permission before you take their Photo).