Today’s tourist is a thinking traveller with a conscience and a desire for responsible travel.
Itineraries are built around specific requirements because a holiday nowadays is about so much more than just hopping on a plane, taking a handful of pictures, and departing for home. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued threat of global warming and climate change has further added to the importance of developing responsible travel habits. Our team of Luxury Travel Designers recommends the following tips for responsible travel in 2021.
Do not print travel documents like plane tickets and accommodation confirmation before departure. Reduce waste by downloading them onto an electronic device.
Reduce carbon footprint
Walk and use public transport or ride-sharing ventures where possible rather than renting a car. Use air transport only for long-distance travel where there is no rail transport available.
Use less plastic
Use reusable water bottles to refill where the water is safe, rather than purchasing water bottles. Refuse plastic bags from shops and eat-in instead of getting takeaways.
Choose sustainable accommodation
Stay at facilities that have responsible practises like reduce, reuse, and recycle. This includes the use of sustainable and environmentally friendly products and proper waste management.
Seek out items at street stalls and village markets that haven’t travelled over a distance to get to their destination. Examples of this are farm-to-table initiatives and local artists and vendors.
Go with eco-friendly operators
Choose a tour operator that offers excursions where there is a minimal environmental impact. These tours often have an educational aspect where travellers will learn more about the specific area.
Turn the power off
When leaving the accommodation, switch off the lights and air-conditioners. Additionally, remove all chargers and docking stations as they continue to consume energy, even if no device is charging.
Choose and pack only what you need on the trip, as every kilogram counts when flying. The heavier the bags are, the heavier the plane is, which mean more carbon emissions.
Stay on the path
When on a hiking or walking excursion, don’t go off the beaten track and stay on marked trails. This avoids indigenous, endangered and protected plants from being trampled on.
Only leave footprints
Take all personally discarded rubbish and trash with when leaving a specific destination and dispose of it responsibly. The same goes for encountering litter while out and about exploring.