There is no point telling people not to travel or fly, many people will do so anyway. But these books help you fly less (or choose different airlines), avoid plastic packaging and respect the country you are visiting. Also see wildlife-friendly travel and vegan-friendly travel. And how to go greener at the airport.
The Responsible Traveller is a pocket book to become more aware of impacts on travel choices, both on the planet and local communities we visit. A ticket to sustainable and ethical travel, explore the world with a lighter footprint, and protect people, cultures, ecosystems and wildlife, and preserve our beautiful world, for generations to come.
Go Lightly is a book on travelling without hurting the planet. Find 10 chapters including the least impactful methods of travel, how to protect wildlife, how to pack with consideration and how to be mindful on holiday. Also includes eco biking, boating and camping, and the world’s most inspiring eco-adventure pioneers.
The Sustainable Travel Handbook is a practical and inspiring guide, to motivate travellers to take a responsible approach to the impact of travel. You can use the information in this book to help. The book covers 12 ways to reduce carbon emissions, 6 tips for sustainable wildlife holidays, top 5 green rail journeys, how to choose a responsible tour operator, how to be a responsible travel photographer and how to travel plastic-free.
- The Eco-Conscious Travel Guide offers 30 no-fly European adventures to discover. Whether you have a long weekend or a fortnight to spare, these themed routes that you can hop on or off at any point including coastal to cultural, mountainous to mouth-watering. They include Alpine Ambles, Ski Escapes and Wine-Fuelled Wanders. Author Georgina Wilson-Powell is a travel editor and founder of pebble magazine, which focuses on stylish and sustainable living. She recently advised Prince Harry on the launch his Travalyst (sustainable travel).
- Easy Tips for the Eco-Friendly Traveller shows how positive change is possible, without radical changes to your everyday life. Sustainable tourism does not mean vowing to never take another flight, or spending holidays camping in your back garden. This short expert guide from eco-travel journalist Juliet Kinsman, takes you through each step of planning your trip – from booking to boarding. From knowing which plane to take (some are greener than others) to avoiding the mini-toiletries trap, this book shows how you can save the planet and still live life to the full. Juliet Kinsman is founder of Bouteco, a curation of boutique hotels that are making a positive change to the world.
- Wanderlust: Holiday Tips for Ethical Travellers is a book by a team of eco travel experts, to help you indulge your love of travel, without harming the planet. Whether you’re enjoying a staycation or heading off on a round-the-world trip, this book has 100 essential tips to make your adventures green, every step of the way. They include not sticking to high season, considering the ferry (and cruising with a conscience) and not printing the ticket.
Tips to be a Sustainable Traveller
These tips to be a responsible traveller, can help to leave a lighter footprint. The days of all-in-one package holidays are gradually being replaced by more independent holidays that do not involve big hotels where holidaymakers get smashed, drop glass bottles everywhere, and visit bullfights.
- Where you can, walk or cycle. And pick up all litter wherever you go. Other countries often don’t have councils to come pick it up later. Try to stay at sustainable lodgings, rather than big hotels.
- Read up on the 7 principles of Leave No Trace, which protects the land, animals and local water-ways (especially if you are having camp-fires etc). If you smoke or BBQ, follow the advice to the letter, as in hot countries especially, you could cause a serious wildfire (a discarded butt on dry grass is like lighting a piece of dry paper). Use a personal ashtray to safely extinguish cigarettes, until you find a bin.
- Try to eat at locally-owned places. Don’t travel to Malaysia, then have your lunch in McDonald’s.
- Wear a natural sunscreen that is free from microbeads, which deposit tiny particles of plastic into the oceans (never use human sunscreen on dogs). Tyre flops are fine in the garden, but for the beach, rubber flops can biodegrade if lost in a wave.
- Be a responsible boater. If you fish, take all your waste with you, to avoid harming marine wildlife. Use funnels to change oil etc, and follow boating guidelines to avoid harm to dugongs and manatees (‘sea cows’).
- Respect the dress code. Many countries have strict religious beliefs, so wise up first, before you head into a temple. Ask before taking photos and don’t arrive tanked-up, upsetting the locals and demanding bacon and eggs. Travel is about expanding your horizons.
- Ask what the tipping culture is. In some places they don’t like tipping. In others, it is the main source of income. Learn a few words of the local language, so you can ask, if unsure.
- Be a flight volunteer. Soi Dogs (Thailand, a country with few adoptive homes and a dog meat trade) uses free baggage allowance of travellers, to fund dogs sent to loving homes.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome views of men and things cannot be acquired, by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. Mark Twain