6 tips for sustainable travel

Belize is simply paradise. After a long flight across the ocean, I’m finally here and enjoying the peace and quiet and the unspoilt natural surroundings. The air is pure, the weather is warm and the sun is shining in the sky.

The hotel I’m staying in uses a photovoltaic system to harness the sun’s rays. It seems as though the people here really are at one with nature.

Unfortunately, on my many travels, I have also seen forms of tourism that are much less sustainable, which has inspired me to put together a few tips for sustainable travel.

Explore your local area

Quite often, less is more, and this also applies to how far you travel. If you’re just having a short break, why not visit a destination closer to home. As well as being more sustainable, it will undoubtedly be less stressful and so much more relaxing.

Choose regional offers

Whether booking your hotel, ordering an evening meal or buying souvenirs, always try to support local providers who operate with concern for the environment in mind. By doing this, you will also get to know your holiday destination and its culture much better.

Clean-up initiatives

Large amounts of plastic waste often accumulate on beaches. Take some time out of your trip to join a clean-up initiative or organise your own event.

Energy guzzling air conditioning systems

Switch off fans or the air conditioning system when you are leaving your hotel room for any length of time. Depending on how hot it is outside, you may not even need to use the air conditioning.

Avoid flying

It’s almost impossible to avoid flying if you are travelling to a far-away destination, but if you are travelling somewhere closer to home, you can save a large amount of CO2 by taking the train instead of the plane.

CO2 offsetting for air travel

Support climate protection projects to offset emissions produced by air travel. Many airlines enable you to participate in such schemes when you purchase your ticket. Alternatively, you can support initiatives such as atmosfair: calculate the CO2 footprint of your flight and select a project that you would like to support.

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