Travelling sustainably has become increasingly important as more people become aware of the impact of their travel on the environment and local communities. Having had a few great sustainable travel experiences ourselves, here are some of our reasons to try a sustainable approach for your next holiday!
1. Choose Sustainable Accommodations
One of the best ways to travel sustainably is to choose eco-friendly accommodations. Look for hotels, resorts, or home-stays that are committed to reducing their environmental impact. This might include using renewable energy sources, conserving water, reducing waste, and supporting local communities. One example is Emboo River Camp.
Committed to sustainability, Emboo River Camp has the first full fleet of electric safari vehicles in East Africa, ensuring you can enjoy silent safaris and an immersive wildlife viewing experience. The camp also sources their organic ingredients from their hydroponic farm that is run on biogas.
2. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Transportation is a major contributor to carbon emissions, so reducing your carbon footprint is an important aspect of sustainable travel. Consider taking alternative modes of transportation such as trains, buses, or bicycles whenever you can.
If you must fly, choose non-stop flights and consider offsetting your carbon emissions by supporting projects that reduce greenhouse gases. For an immersive experience, you can opt for a walking safari instead of a game drive. Allowing yourself to be fully present in the gentle flow of nature allows you to replenish and as a result, have a calmer, clearer mind.
3. Minimise Waste and Plastic Use
Along with reducing your carbon footprint, reducing waste and plastic use is a crucial aspect of sustainable travel. Bring a reusable water bottle or a tote bag to avoid single-use plastic items. Choose accommodations that offer recycling and composting programs, and try avoiding using disposable products.
4. Choose Sustainable Activities
Finally, choose sustainable activities that support local communities and minimise negative environmental impacts. Consider participating in eco-friendly tours, volunteer programs, or conservation projects. Additionally, choose activities that prioritise community welfare and avoid activities that harm the environment. It is important to be mindful and respectful of local cultures and communities. Learn about local customs and traditions and consider supporting local businesses and communities, by purchasing locally made products and services.