Have an environmentally friendly vacation
1. Select an appropriate destination
- Look at eco-tourism options. Many travel companies now offer holidays which support sustainable development, do not impact negatively on the environment, and provide financial support to local communities.
2. Choose the best way to get there
3. Choose the right place to stay
4. Be responsible guest
- Choose reputable, conservation-minded tour operators and suppliers.
- Conserve water. Take showers rather than baths; use a refillable water container, sterilizing water when necessary rather than buying bottled water. Minimize your use of personal care products and detergents to wash linen, and reuse your hotel towels and bed linen.
- Limit energy use. This includes your use of air-conditioning and hot water. Turn off all lights and taps when you leave hotel rooms.
- Dispose of sanitary waste properly. Don’t flush cotton buds, condoms, tampons and plastics down the toilet.
- Recycle and reduce. Recycle newspapers, magazines and your beverage containers (many can be returned for refunds), and reduce the number of bags, napkins and disposable cups you use when you eat fast food.
- Choose environmentally friendly transport. Rather than hiring a car, choose other ways to get around like taxis, trains or buses. In many places you can also rent bikes. And don't forget your feet!
- Avoid damaging recreational activities. Avoid sports which have a significant harmful impact on the environment, or choose more progressive establishments (e.g. golf courses which recycle water).