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Eco-friendly Travel: How to be a Greener Traveller

Written by
Byron Thomas, Rachel O'Leary & Emily Opie

Exploring the four corners of the globe is how we improve and educate ourselves. It's also how we as countries progress together as one global nation.

While exploring, though, it's important to be sympathetic to the destinations we choose to visit. This is part of the reason why we offset 100% of the carbon emissions for all flights booked with us.

To be a greener traveller, there are plenty of things you can do yourself to help the environment. From the moment you decide to book a trip to when your plane lands, here's our tips on how to be a greener traveller. Some of them are surprisingly simple.

Before you go
Think carbon offsetting
On your way
Use public transport
When you're there
Embrace local culture
Plane in flight

Before you go

Prior to even choosing your destination, try to pick a location where you can fly direct, without the need to stop. Did you know that planes use the most fuel during takeoff and landing?

Halong Bay Seaplane

Consider your carbon footprint across the globe. Where possible, partner with travel companies who offer carbon offsetting. We are already taking part in this movement and offer 100% carbon offsetting for all clients who book with us, as well as offsetting flights that clients book independently.

Plane Polar

Choose to stay at eco-lodges or hotels. If you think environmentally conscious travel means compromising on comfort, then you’re missing a trick; some of today’s most stylish, exclusive hotels and lodges are also some of the most sustainable and forward-thinking. That’s what we call a win-win.

Misool Eco Resort

For those of you who have trouble staying under the baggage allowance… stop and think! The more you take, the more the plane weighs and the more carbon is emitted into the atmosphere.

Pacific Island Seaplane
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En route

Aside from flying, once en-route, try to use public transport as often as possible. Or, go one better and walk or bike everywhere – this is famously the best way to see a destination at its best and most authentic. 

Biking Saffire

One of the most comfortable and charming ways to travel and see the world is by train. Many parts of the world feature train journeys so breathtaking they’re practically a destination in themselves.

Belmond Andean Explorer train, Peru

If driving is the only option, you might want to consider car-pooling. Or, see if local car hire companies have Green Cars or a Green Collection, which has lower carbon emissions and a higher fuel efficiency.

Traditional Tram Car in downtown Porto, Portugal
Traditional Tram Car in downtown Porto, Portugal
Misool Eco Resort

At your destination

Before heading out for the day, instead of using plastic bottles, which are coated in chemicals and difficult to recycle, take reusable bottles. We work with a number of lodges and hotels who already provide this service to clients. In the same breath, use reusable bags instead of plastic ones.

Chobe Drinkstop

Although you will most likely be going out on guided tours, remember to stick to the pre-marked routes to avoid damage to delicate environments and ecosystems. 

Family hiking Patagonia

Embrace the local culture and traditions. Not only will this help the local economy and sustainable tourism programme, but it’s all part of the fun! Eat delicious local food, learn about the local culture and traditions and take part in activities that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

maasai-guide-couple

Wherever you are in the world, but particularly in remote locations where electricity is a luxury, try to keep energy usage (such as charging phones and tablets) to a minimum.

Traveller on mobile phone

Keep up the same good habits you would at home: don’t leave lights or aircon on unnecessarily, take short showers, don’t litter or create unnecessary waste, and don’t get sheets and towels changed if they’re not dirty.

Song Saa Family
Keep up the same good habits you would at home
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When you get home

Donate! If you’ve had an experience that you loved and are grateful for, the best thing you can do is to give back. Make a donation to one of the region’s charitable or grass-roots organisations. Every country has its own different needs and crises, and this is easy enough to research once you’re home.

women-spinning-wool-lake-titicaca

Spread the word. Tell your friends and family about the place you’ve just been to, its unique people and culture – maybe they’ll want to go too, in turn contributing to the local economy and sustainable tourism industries. And of course, don’t forget to tell them about your eco-friendly travel habits, so that they can replicate them!

Family Chitwa Experience

Feeling inspired? Talk to one of our expert travel designers today and start planning your perfect eco-friendly vacation.

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