Responsible Travel 2021: Tips from our Experts
We all want to travel again and now is the time to do it more responsibly.
Author: Jemima Forbes
The COVID-19 pandemic has probably ruined your vacation plans. Nevertheless, a new report from Airbnb shows that more than half of those surveyed are ready to hit the road and explore again sometime in 2021. Although you may be willing to make some trips to your calendar, it is possible that one year The limited traffic made you rethink why and how you will travel in the future.
A change of perspective now means many lovable vacations that allow them to reconnect with others or enjoy important experiences, all without having to go too far from home. The idea of ”responsible travel” is now at the forefront of many people’s minds μυ
What is Responsible Travel?
For Enchanting Travels, responsible travel means planning a vacation that not only allows you to have amazing experiences from the bucket list, but also has a positive impact on society, local economies or the environment. Ultimately, it is about using tourism as a force for good!
There are many ways to be more responsible for your travel habits. Your trip could focus on supporting disadvantaged communities, protecting the planet or simply being aware of different customs and cultures. From compensating for carbon dioxide emissions to supporting a wildlife conservation center and participating in local community projects, there are so many ways – big or small – to plan a responsible vacation.
Responsible travel in 2021: Tips
Here at Enchanting Travels, we want to make it easier for you to travel more responsibly in 2021 and beyond. Not sure what sustainable travel entails? Let us show you some easy ways to embrace philosophy in this year’s holiday planning!
1 Stay closer to home
One of the best ways to embrace green travel is to keep your vacation close to home. This will allow you to reduce the carbon footprint and protect the environment. If you live in the US, why not take a lifetime road trip to one of the many amazing national parks like Zion and Yellowstone or sunny coastal areas like La Jolla or Monterey? There is also the option to jump across the border to Canada, Alaska or Mexico for a change of scenery.
European travelers will find many vacation spots that you can reach without having to sit on the plane for hours on end. Consider an island trip to Greece, embark on a wine tasting getaway in France or enjoy a seat in the front row of Iceland’s Northern Lights.
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2 Selection of sustainable hotels
There are many amazing accommodation options out there, but it can be difficult to know what responsible practices follow such as using sustainable products, proper waste management or even treating their staff. When you receive a suggested itinerary from Enchanting Travels, we identify our responsible hotels and activities with the Enchanting Travels stamp, so you can easily see which of your options are the most responsible.
Consider booking a hotel accredited by Travelife, a sustainability program that helps businesses become more environmentally friendly and community-friendly.
You can also do the minimum to be more responsible while staying in hotels:
- Keeping water use to a minimum
- Turning off your lights and appliances whenever you go out
- Disposal of proper waste (and recycling if facilities are available)
- Respect the local staff and their customs
Tierra Chiloe Hotel & Spa, ChileBlue Footprints Eco Lodge, MozambiqueMai Chau Eco Lodge, VietnamDaintree Eco Lodge, Australia
3 Holidays in “Green” Destinations
No, we do not mean launching into a lush rainforest or overgrown mountain range. By “green” travel destinations, we mean places that are actively committed to being more environmentally friendly in order to protect the planet and its inhabitants for future generations.
Great examples include cities that have adopted renewable energy options, drastically reduced their carbon emissions and increased their number of green spaces. Why not plan a vacation in one of the greenest cities in the world, such as Copenhagen or Vancouver?
Being “green” does not only extend to cities. Many countries, such as Costa Rica, are committed to protecting their national parks – both on land and in the ocean – from urban development, pollution and deforestation.
Cyclist in Stanley Park, VancouverManuel Antonio National Park, Costa RicaGrizzly bear in Katmai National Park, AlaskaMonteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
4 Choosing Holidays Based on Conservation
Another great way to be more responsible for your travel habits is to book trips that allow you to support the many wonderful animal conservation projects currently found around the world.
If a safari in the wilderness of Africa is high on your wish list, why not make it a sustainable vacation by spending a portion of your trip to an endangered rhino rescue center or a baby elephant orphanage? For example, we work with wildlife conservation in central Kenya, including conservationists Solio, Lewa and Ol Pejeta, who strive to protect and encourage the reproduction of black rhinos in their natural habitat. On the shores, many of the boat tours we offer to monitor marine life in the wild also serve as vital research boats, hosting marine biologists responsible for monitoring these incredible creatures.
Dining room at dusk, Ol Pejeta Camp, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. © Ian Cumming / icimages.com / Ol Pejeta Bush CampGreat Southern White Rhino next to the jeep safari, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. © Ian Cumming / icimages.com / Ol Pejeta Bush CampPeople having breakfast with bushes under the acacia tree with Mount Kenya behind, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. © Ian Cumming / icimages.com / Ol Pejeta Bush Camp
Outdoor holidays are especially prudent in 2021 when you can look for fresh air and destinations where you can be at a safe distance from other guests.
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