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The choices we make about where, how, and when we travel affect the quality of our experience and the impacts we have in our destination, on the people we encounter and their natural and cultural environment.
There is a great deal of responsible travel advice around but it is not always easy to find. This page, and the pages that it links to, have been designed to make the available advice more accessible. Here we present some generic advice about how to travel responsibly and to get the most out of visiting someone else’s place. On the menu below there are some pages giving advice on particular issues, environments and places.
In 1904 Mark Twain wrote, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." Well yes, but not always.
How to plan a holiday that benefits everyone involved – including the planet
"Sustainable travel is not one genre of travel, nor is it a set of criteria; it is a mindset that can be applied to every trip. Having a positive impact could mean being more discerning about where we go, favouring destinations with strong environmental credentials, and places that put locals first.
By choosing a specific tour, hotel or operator, we can show solidarity with a marginalised part of society, or champion places suffering from a natural or human-made disaster. In cities, our choice of hotel might help to fund green innovations, or we could help to break down prejudices on a migrant tour. We can even use our travels to help save a species from extinction." Read Holly Tuppen's advice.
A Sustainable Future for Tourism Requires Kicking the Bucket (List)
Bucket lists are powerful sales and marketing tools — and applying the concept to “must-see” destinations or activities is a natural fit. But that model is changing; and with the industry’s shift in focus from quantity to quality, it’s time to rethink the travel-focused bucket list." Read Joanna Haugen's advice
How to travel responsibly and sustainably in 2021
Read advice from Caroline Caillet, President, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) Sustainability Committee
Follow the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Advice
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