So, just how can you holiday green in
When booking your accommodation and activities, choose savvy operators who are accredited under recognised ecotourism programs such as Eco Tourism
And when visiting
To help get you started, here are our "Top 5 Tips for a Sustainable Holiday".
Tip 1: Consider how you travel
How big a carbon footprint are you leaving when you travel? Consider working with a carbon offset group to help offset that size. If you're going on a driving holiday, make sure the car has been serviced and running at its fuel-efficient best. Alternatively, if you're going to be hiring a vehicle, consider a hybrid.
Tip 2: Consider where you stay
Is your accommodation eco-certified? Ask if the property is accredited under a recognised ecotourism program. Here, we've made it easy with our "eco-certified holidays" page. Why not use that as your starting point?
Tip 3: Consider what you do
The same tip applies to what you do while you're on your trip. If you're planning on doing a tour or some other activity, ask the operator whether they are accredited under a recognised ecotourism program. And guess what? Our "eco-certified holidays" page is a handy starting point here too.
Tip 4: Consider what you use
Do your part to conserve water and soap at hotels by requesting not to have linens and towels changed every day, unless required. For an ecofriendly beach meal, pick up picnic ingredients at a farmers' market, and pack it in a basket with reusable plates and utensils — not plastic foam or plastic bags. And, of course, properly dispose of all waste.
Tip 5: Consider where you shop
Whether you're buying souvenirs or groceries, try to shop local! By supporting local businesses, you invest back in the community and support sustainable tourism. And, as an added bonus, you get to feel good about spending money on yourself!
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