As an eco-brand, we are passionate about always being kind to our environment.
With this in mind, we have collated 5 simple steps that everyone can take to make their ventures a little kinder to the earth– whether you are travelling to distant, dreamy shores or somewhere a little closer to home.
Minimal packing is key
A lighter luggage means a lighter aircraft, which in turn means less fossil fuel to be burnt. Attempting to take your entire wardrobe away with you is not practical and can have a higher impact. Instead why not choose several staple pieces of multi-purpose clothing that can be dressed up or down to suit whatever the weather, activity, or time of day.
Choose conscious accommodation
Sustainable travel happens before we even leave the house. Nobody expects you to camp out in a tent for the entirety of your stay! However, we highly recommend doing your research. It is crucial you research any hotels, lodges or b&bs before you travel and gather any information you can on their commitment to sustainability.
When you browse any website, check and see if they have a section on topics such as ‘Sustainability’ or ‘Responsible Travel’, and search for answers to the following questions: Do they recycle? Do they use eco-friendly energy sources such as solar or hydroelectric power? Do they partake in activities that benefit the local community? These are all important factors to consider when selecting your holiday accommodation
Conscious travel method
While we suggest travelling on land wherever possible, flying is often necessary to reach those irresistible, secluded destinations. In order to reduce your carbon footprint, always choose to buy the flights with no stopovers, as it is the takeoff and landing that generate the bulk of harmful emissions.
During your stay, you can connect with nature and your surroundings by going by foot instead of car if possible. Having a leisurely stroll around is the best way to truly experience the whole of your selected destination and will allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture, meeting the people and connecting to nature.
Eat and drink in locally-owned restaurants and bars rather than large chain establishments. Experience the ‘near beer’, which – as the name suggests – refers to beer that is brewed locally, rather than being imported from afar. In this way, you can avoid products which have been transported cross-country (or even from abroad) and enjoy a low-carbon meal. Embolden your taste buds and embrace the local cuisine as much as you can.
Fortunately, the endeavour for sustainability is a rapidly growing trend across the globe in fine dining, as chefs more and more frequently choose to work with local farmers and use native ingredients. A 2019 article from Forbes covers some of the world’s best sustainable fine dining restaurants, offering plenty of inspiration to those looking for a guilt-free gastronomic experience.
Leave only footprints
Perhaps the most important step of all: wherever you go, leave only footprints, take only memories. By taking the simple step of respecting your environment, you ensure that the beauty of a place remains intact for the person to follow after you. It goes without saying that littering anywhere is a big no-no, but beyond that, it is vital to be aware of your impact on the local wildlife and environment when participating in certain leisure activities. For example, some sun creams contain chemicals that can cause damage to coral; make sure to consider this if you’re planning on going snorkeling at all during your holiday.
By following these simple steps, you can continue to enjoy all of the perks of a luxury vacation, with the added benefit of feeling closer to the environment around you.