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Easy and effective sustainable travel tips

By Carina Hibbitt on February 22, 2013 in Responsible travel

Heart balloons with messages floating into the skyThe travel industry has an enormous capacity to influence where and how people travel. Here are ten easy and effective sustainable travel tips.

  • Make conscious product decisions. Actively promote properties and tours which demonstrate a commitment to environmental sustainability and / or the creation of quality, long term jobs for local people.
  • Product diversification. Supporting the less obvious, off the beaten track areas. This not only supports communities and wildlife areas but also gives an edge on industry competitors
  • Unshackle from the global hotel chains. Support locally-owned accommodation in guest house, bed and breakfast establishments and small independent hotels, rather than multinational hotel chains.
  • Authentic experiences: Support grass-roots community tourism projects and local entrepreneurs wherever possible. They do not have to be ‘worthy’, many are engaging, authentic experiences. Your clients will thank you for it.
  • Make Giving Easy: Identify and support charities in travel destinations and make it easy for clients to support them.
  • Make Giving Easier: Invite clients to send any leftover foreign currency notes back to you to donate to a charity.
  • Include helpful  pre-departure information. Examples are Pack for a Purpose and the Travel Foundation’s excellent Insider Guide entitled ‘Make A Difference When You Travel’.
  • Include a basic language guide of greetings. The ability to express your appreciation in the local language goes a long way
  • Make a difference when you travel. Encourage staff on educational trips to make contact with their destination hosts to offer to ‘give back’ – whether it is handing out clothes and school supplies or donating money to the local township schools.
  • The Rainforest Alliance provide an extensive Code of Conduct for Tour Operators working in environmentally-sensitive areas. Tourism Concern provides excellent resources and information on Responsible Tourism.

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