Sustainable tourism is, at its simplest, when travelers take trips that are enriching to both the visitor and the visited community, leaving behind a positive impact in the wake of the journey. It isn’t easy to measure the good that we do when it comes to environmental and societal impact, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try all the same. The power we wield as individuals can indeed help make the world a better place with the smallest of efforts and a more wholistic approach to travel.
So why not step out of your comfort zone, and travel to make a difference? We’re here to steer the way.
When possible, fly direct and avoid layovers for fuel efficiency. Or opt to see a new destination by train or sail for a new worldview and to reduce your carbon footprint. Make the journey apart of the experience.
There are also many airlines today that have tied up with projects to offset their carbon emissions, and it’s worth the extra cash to know you’ve made a positive impact in your own way. Calculators like Carbon Footprint (www.calculator.carbonfootprint.com) also help with offsetting transport, air-conditioning during hotel stays, etc.
Seasonal foods are higher in nutrition and lower in transit emissions. Aim to be more climavore, which is the use of local food suppliers, ingredients, and menus with low food miles, for the least environmental impact. Reducing a reliance on meat and dairy also helps bring down methane levels which is so required to combat global-warming.
Choosing a hotel that reflects your sustainability goals only adds to your green traveler cred. Select your stay at places that use solar energy, electric vehicles, and ‘clean’ practices. How a resort impacts the community and environment it is set in adds up to traveling consciously.From boutique hotels, to glamping, there’s always a greener option. Look for a hotel that follows the LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard guidelines.
It’s always good to carry fewer things, including any pre-conceived prejudices too! Be open to the new culture you are experiencing and pack a lot of curiosity, respect, and awe. In every other way, embrace your inner minimalist and learn to pack light – only carry the essentials. It’s less baggage to carry – literally and metaphorically.
Seek out sustainable destinations where your tourism bucks help underprivileged communities. Question everything, and spend time thinking about the why and where of your travel decisions. Look at how you being there aids your cultural understanding and supports conservation efforts in your host destination. Choose destinations that are committed to protecting the local communities, natural resources, and cultural heritage. For the right reasons, go ahead and splurge on those locally woven baskets, customized shawls, and handcrafted jewelry. Make a memory, take back a memento, and support local businesses.
There’s nothing like watching a sunset or sunrise in a new, unexplored place. Savour the downtime and find yourself a green oasis, even in the busiest of urban landscapes to really take in all you are experiencing. This is sure to make you a more conscious traveler by default. Select your destination for the emphasis it lays on biodiversity, and experience the best of nature’s flora and fauna.
When traveling, seek out the local adventures and delicacies to really experience the essence of a place. Explore more deeply and experience authentically, while also contributing to the local economy. Also consider traveling within your home country for those shorter trips – there’s always another idyllic local destination to transport you elsewhere when travel bans don’t allow you to physically transport yourself. It goes without saying that the local customs and rules are always to be respected.
Offbeat travel is, in our humble opinion, the best way to travel. Pick a place that isn’t suffering the effects of overtourism and skip the crowds for a leisurely holiday. For starters, an unbalanced demand-supply can greatly harm the environment, as resources get depleted far faster than they are replaced. Always choose to travel beyond! We’re always here to guide the process and help you discover those hidden gem travel escapes. The entire world is your oyster!
It’s tempting to cover as much ground as possible during a trip, with only a night at each destination before moving on to the next. But it isn’t really the best option for the destination or for you. Reduce your transportation footprint and get to really know a place with slower travel. Stay in one place longer to allow you to immerse and impact better. Learn the local ways in time, and allow your travel to move you before you move on.