A sustainable trip starts at home. When preparing for your next trip, keep these basic travel tips in mind.
Pay attention to your carbon footprint when booking your flight. Some airlines emit more carbon dioxide than others. It’s possible for you to pay a little more to ‘offset’ the carbon dioxide or simply select the trip with the shortest flight time. The less time spent in the air improves your personal contribution to a cleaner environment.
Only pack the essentials. Do you really need that extra pair of shoes? More weight means more carbon emissions – and possible excess baggage charges that hit you where it really hurts.
Travel closer to home
Remember that there are places closer to home that are just as beautiful and interesting. Staying local benefits your local community and environment. Travelling by train or bus instead of a plane means you are emitting up to 50 percent less carbon dioxide in some cases.
Check for evidence of sustainability or eco-certification when making your reservation(s). When hotels or resorts have a proven track record in terms of environmental care and eco-management they will likely promote these features to catch your eye.
Take your own toiletries and avoid using the in-room shampoos and shower gels provided in miniature plastic containers.
EQ offers organic lifestyle products including sunscreen that are respectful to marine life.
Read more about being a responsible traveller in the PATA s Responsible Business Travel Guidelines.