Due to significant carbon emissions, probable loss of natural ecosystems, and excessive waste, traveling may appear to be the least sustainable activity. In principle, not traveling is more sustainable than traveling. This is not, however, a dichotomous idea that can only be viewed in black and white. When examining travel through the lens of sustainability, it is more beneficial to examine the whys and hows than the dos and don’ts.
Here are three methods to realign your passion for travel such that it is beneficial for the environment and you as well:
Start With Why Australians enjoy traveling. One-third of Australians reportedly spend more on travel than on shopping or eating. In the years preceding the epidemic, more than eight million journeys were made for this national sport. As a nation so isolated from the rest of the world, it is routine practice to board an aircraft for over 14 hours of travel.
However, the global health threat has caused us all to reconsider our preferences and passions. Why are we traveling, and what do we hope to gain from it? According to a recent Booking.com poll, post-pandemic travelers desire to have a positive influence on the location they visit. The majority of Australians have family in the United Kingdom, Greece, or Italy, and frequently visit family and friends on holiday before extending their stay. If you are not visiting relatives, consider what might motivate you to travel abroad.
Asking yourself this question at each stage of the planning and purchase process increases your personal accountability. One obvious takeaway from the epidemic is that travel is enjoyable not just in faraway, exotic locales, but even in one’s own backyard in Australia.
Understanding our motivation for travel enables us to travel carefully and mindfully, as opposed to merely ‘escaping’ or ‘escaping’ reality.
Become Inquisitive — Vote With Your Money
Preparing for a vacation takes some research on the destinations, planes, and accommodations that will be encountered. Rob Holmes, an award-winning photographer and expert in the field of sustainability, advises travelers to use the same enthusiasm they use to find the cheapest airline or the greatest hiking routes to sustainability study.
Some people enjoy planning, while others make decisions impulsively. Holmes emphasizes that there are several credible sustainable certifications for hotels, local tour operators, and locally owned companies, regardless of whatever camp you belong to. Look for information in tabs such as about us, our mission, and sustainability, as well as any dedication to charitable or environmental concerns, on the websites of these companies. This might assist you in determining where your money is being spent.
Start Modestly and Remain Consistent
Let’s be honest. It may appear hard to plan a trip that is entirely sustainable in every way. However, that does not imply you shouldn’t attempt. Consider your sustainable travel adventure from three perspectives: the environment, people, and profits.
You might attempt to address one or more of these aspects with each trip. For instance, if you have decided to take a long-distance vacation, you may want to consider offsetting the carbon emissions from your travel through the airline or giving to an organization that promotes the planting of trees, mangroves, or clean, renewable energy that would benefit people.
Consider enrolling in a cooking class with an indigenous community in order to create a deeper connection with the people of the land and their interaction with its food and climate if you are interested in assisting the people.
Profitability is frequently a difficult notion to grasp, as profit is essential to the survival of a firm, yet it should not come at the price of people or the environment. Permits required for gorilla hiking in Rwanda would make for an excellent case study of profit. The activity must be reserved a minimum of one year in advance and costs $1,500. Visit Rwanda, the national tourist organization asserts that ten percent of the proceeds from the licenses is used to improve schools, health centers, and roads in rural communities. In addition, there is a compensation fund for local farmers whose crops are damaged by gorillas, which promotes peaceful coexistence.
It is optimal to address all three components of sustainable travel. However, each activity, no matter how tiny, is equally crucial in laying the groundwork for sustainable travel. Yes, it is feasible to travel in a sustainable manner, step by step.