Your Role in Green Travel
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
"Travelling is one of the easiest ways to become aware of the magic that weaves all of creation together through serendipity and synchronicity with perfect timing." - Adam Siddiq
But, what he doesn’t say is that there is also a negative flip side to travel, which is that it has an enormous impact on our environment. However, it does not have to be that way. It’s time to turn travel, locally and overseas, green!
When you study with International Hotel School Online – you get international standards and international recognition. Due to the reputation of International Hotel School in the industry both in South Africa and globally, our graduates are in demand all over the world. As a result there are so many opportunities for our graduates to travel and explore our beautiful country and indeed the world.
With the travel industry growing each year it is important that we minimise the impact on the world as we travel. The travel industry has joined the top industries in going green, and offering environmentally-conscious and low-impact alternatives that suit any would-be adventurer. Reducing your carbon footprint does not mean you must forgo the pleasure of exploring the world around you. It simply means that you put a little extra thought and planning into your travel plans.
The first three questions you can ask yourself are:
How can you reduce your carbon footprint?
One of the key ways of reducing your carbon footprint is to consider domestic travel rather than international. Not only will this reduce the fumes produced by airlines, but it also works out cheaper.
However, if you have your heart set on international travel – research travel companies that are proactively reducing their impact on the environment.
- Once at your destination, consider other forms of travel, like buses, trains, and when hiring a car, choose the smallest vehicle possible and rent a hybrid if one’s available.
- You are also able to reduce water wastage by taking shorter showers, shutting off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth and opting to reuse your towels and sheets couple of times before sending them to the laundry.
- Opt for low-carbon recreational pursuits like rafting, trekking, swimming, horse riding, caving, theatre, mountain climbing and snorkelling.
Where possible – Reuse!
Before leaving home invest in re-usable water bottles, coffee cups and shopping bags. It is estimated that an average of 100 billion single-use coffee cups and an average of over 200 million tons of non-biodegradable plastics go into landfills each year. These three simple purchases can result in a considerable reduction in wasteful packaging.
While there are not always options to recycle readily available while on your globetrotting adventure, there are ways that you can support recycling initiatives
- Buy products that produce less waste and are either recyclable or have been made using recycled materials.
- Take cloth shopping bags with you and use them instead of plastic – let’s face it you are going to take them out the plastic before you pack them anyway. They can also double up as bags for the beach or to picnic – score!
- Going green can also apply to shopping and eating out. By choosing to support local markets or vendors, it boosts not only your health, also the local economy. When shopping for your souvenirs, shop responsibly and choose carefully to ensure you are not buying souvenirs that are produced from endangered species: shells, feathers, animal skins.
If each of us tries to introduce these fairly simple changes to our travel programs, it will make a huge difference in preserving the environment. Enjoy your trip!