What is a sustainable holiday and how to spot one?
So how do you spot a Sustainable holiday? What is “Eco”?
We believe that everyone has a part to play in sustaining our natural environment, but not everyone knows what a sustainable holiday really is, let alone how to spot one. This week i’m looking into the key factors that signify sustainable. So you can be sure next time you travel you’re doing your bit for the environment as well as having the experience of a lifetime.
To begin with it’s great to see you’re interested and investing time into green living, whether it be everyday life or through your next sustainable holiday! It’s definitely a step in the right direction, Eco-tourism is on the rise and there’s plenty of options to consider when planning your next trip.
1. Travel itself.
A major talking point when considering eco-tourism, for you to travel for work of pleasure you normally have to use a form of non-renewable energy (unless you’re Jason Lewis; check him out http://www.jasonexplorer.com/). Whilst technology is getting there to enhance greener travel, the options to partake in public transport will definitely help you remain environmental. Sharing a bus with 20 other people to your city from the airport is definitely better than each getting separate cars or taxis! If your trip is a bit closer to home, why not get public transport there? Or even better cycle there if it’s possible? Imagine a world where you could travel on 0% emissions!
2. Supporting local communities.
Whether this means physically helping them through many of our eco-tours which give you first hand experiences in conservation or financially through using their knowledge and guides when in a new area. The term ‘sustainable’ often linked with eco-travel is ensuring that your current practice will work best for today, tomorrow and future generations. Therefore if you wish for the area or experience you visited on your next trip to still be around for your children to enjoy, make sure you support the local communities that are there 24/7 365 days a year.
To ‘travel’ means staying away for longer than 1 night, however where can you stay that ensures environmental friendly actions and principles? We all know camping and it’s posh cousin ‘glamping’ are a great alternative and good choice for a sustainable holiday in the great outdoors to minimise any risk to the environment. Most modern day campsites encourage a recycling and renewable energy plan, check out Eco Retreats However, if you are further afield and don’t have that luxury be sure to check out your hotels renewable energy policies, employment of local communities, energy consumption etc. Remember it is better to ask these questions than assume.
4. Leaving no trace.
Often when visiting fragile environments such as the Ugandan rainforest or eco-diving in the Azores where you stay, what you do and what you leave behind is of the up most importance to sustainability. The concept of leaving no trace is the act of when you arrive at the location of choice, not only do you leave it in the same condition, you hopefully leave it in an even better one. A beach clean in a quiet evening can go a long way to protect the natural eco-system of that area, remember that plastic dropped off your local coast can soon find its way destroying animal’s life’s far out in the Ocean.
5. Education and involvement.
Passion. That is what we here at EcoCompanion are trying to spread, read, get involved, debate, argue show a want to make this planet a better one through Eco-Tourism. We all love to travel, we hopefully always will. However, actions do have consequences, especially the poor ones. Educate not only yourself, but others in this fight for green living it will make a difference!
So why not take the jump and try out your first Eco Tour and Project here at Eco Companion, or if you are still hesitant, pop us a message with any questions and we can help.