Are you a Responsible Traveller?
There are numerous ways to remain environmentally friendly during your next stay abroad, such as walking and cycling, taking shorter, cooler showers, and paying attention to the energy that you’re using to power your accommodation, or charge your gadgets.
It’s also possible to support the local economy while you save the world, simply by sourcing locally grown and manufactured products
Here are a few easy, simple tips to help become a responsible traveller
- Book the most direct route possible. Most flight carbon emissions are emitted during take-off and landing.
- Choose an eco-friendly hotel, a homestay or an Escorted Tour using local guides.
- Take a reusable cotton bag with you, which you can take to local markets. This will help tackle plastic waste – and you can use it for the beach, too. We also recommend taking a reusable water bottle to reduce plastic waste.
- Learn about local customs, traditions and a few words of the local language before you travel.
- Always ask before taking portrait photos of others and avoid having your photo taken with any animals used as photo props, as this encourages captivity.
- Remove and recycle excess packaging before you pack your suitcase to avoid simply throwing it in the bin while on holiday.
- Support eco-friendly initiatives during your stay, such as reusing towels and turning off the air-conditioning and lights when you’re not in the room.
- Make sure you’re buying locally-made souvenirs rather than mass-produced items that have been imported. Avoid items made from endangered animals or ivory and never take away ‘natural’ souvenirs you find, such as shells from the beach.
- Eat in local restaurants and choose locally-branded drinks rather than imported big named brands.You can offset your flight emissions at myclimate