Sustainable travel involves traveling in ways that reduce your impact on the planet, from using carbon offsets to opting for public transit whenever possible.
By simply making some simple adjustments, your Australia and New Zealand tour can become even more eco-friendly! Simply avoid plastic bags, lower water consumption and reuse luggage; all with just a few simple changes you can help make the tour even more eco-friendly!
Avoiding Plastic Bags
Plastic bags pose a huge environmental threat, killing marine life and releasing toxic chemicals into our environment. If traveling abroad, one way you can help lower environmental impact is by opting for reusable bags instead.
On our Sustainable Travel: Australia and New Zealand Tour, we made an effort to carry only reusable items. For example, we packed a reusable water bottle which we could refill at hotels, cafes and public fountains during our travels.
At local restaurants, we opted for non-packaged foods without plastic wrapping and avoided single-use paper products like straws and cups – helping reduce our carbon footprint and plastic use on our trip.
Taking Public Transport
Transport options have a big effect on the environment, especially if they do not involve driving or flying during your travels. Public transit offers an efficient and economical way of getting around cities while seeing sights while simultaneously minimizing carbon emissions.
Travel can also save money. In fact, you may find city passes or tourist cards with transport included for free, which makes for an affordable way to explore your travel destinations.
New Zealand is witnessing an increasing use of public transportation. While not yet at the same levels as overseas, this change represents an important milestone. A slow revolution that’s making sustainable transport an integral part of New Zealand life.
Reusing Your Luggage
Reusing luggage on an Australia and New Zealand tour is an effective way to reduce its environmental impact, keeping bags out of landfills while simultaneously giving them another use on future travels.
Selecting an appropriate bag to reuse can be tricky, so if in doubt check its label to determine its material.
In general, the best reusable bags are composed of cotton or polypropylene plastic material for maximum wear-resistance and longevity in use – they should last a lifetime at minimum! Making them worthy additions to your luggage collection.
Choosing Sustainable Accommodations
Sustainable accommodations are one of the easiest ways to reduce environmental impact while on an Australia and New Zealand tour. No matter your budget or spending power, there are numerous eco-friendly hotels and resorts around the world which have made a commitment to change how they operate.
Many hotels are taking steps to decrease their carbon footprint by eliminating single-use plastic, cutting food waste and decreasing water usage outside your hotel room. Furthermore, many are encouraging guests to do their part as well by educating them on taking public transportation or walking or cycling instead of driving when possible.
Choosing Local Tours
Opting for local tours is one of the best ways to reduce environmental impacts when touring Australia and New Zealand, since these tours aim to build genuine connections between you and its people, culture, and history.
One way of doing this is through selecting a small-group tour led by local guides; these trips offer meaningful travel experiences while supporting local communities at the same time.
Volunteer opportunities that focus on conservation in New Zealand include replanting programs, track and walkway construction projects, pest trapping in national parks and working on organic farms – just to name a few examples!https://www.youtube.com/embed/ct8duIIq2ys