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Climate-Conscious Travel
Part 1: Before You Go

By now we all know the climate crisis is in full swing, and there are plenty of facts, figures, and statistics to prove it.

Nearly every aspect of our lives affects the planet negatively, and usually it’s in the name of convenience. A matter less considered, however, is the impact we have on the environment when we decide to go on holiday. We’ve tried to simplify what you should consider if you want to have a wicked time abroad and do your bit for the planet.

Before You Go

When you’re travelling responsibly it’s very important to do your research. Start by looking for countries, towns, cities, and areas that promote greener practices - you’ll usually find that there’s a governing body in charge with criteria dedicated to doing their bit and reducing local/global impact. You’ve also got a few other options when it comes to choosing a more sustainable destination:

Visit during the off-season
For the sake of the local economy, it’s useful to remember that the ‘peak season’ is more often than not decided by when families can take their children away - so namely, the school holidays. Workers abroad often have seasonal contracts, especially in places of high tourism, so by visiting during the off-season you can help to support a community which might suffer for the rest of the year.

Do some ‘second-city’ travelling
'Second-city’ travelling basically means bearing in mind the entire area you’re going to, not just the hotspots and photo ops. Consider staying in the next town or city over, spend a day or two exploring outside the boundaries, and get to know lesser-known destinations. Too many people in too small-a-space drains its resources, to do your bit to give the locals a chance to breathe!

Go where you’re needed
Volunteer in relief programmes, reparation projects, and at struggling sanctuaries. Once confirming it’s safe to go, you can have a huge impact in rejuvenating communities and contributing to areas whose livelihood have been affected by natural disasters, war, deforestation, and other truly hard-hitting events. It’s about looking after the economy and keeping the neighbourhood afloat.

12th February 2024