Expedia.ca's Green Travel Tips
Top Green Travel Tips from Expedia.ca
Travel is one of the best ways to see and understand the world around us but a destination’s popularity can also put it at risk so it’s important that travellers understand what they can do to minimize their impact on the places they visit. Tourists can travel green every day with these tips from Expedia.ca:
- Book your adventure tour with Expedia.ca partner G.A.P Adventures, a company committed to socially environmentally conscious travel.
- Consider packing a refillable bottle as opposed to buying bottled water while away.
- Buy sustainable souvenirs. Be conscious of the items you purchase while away. Meaningful gifts from local artisans are memorable while plastic magnets and shot glasses made in Taiwan are a dime a dozen.
- Save water by reusing towels at your hotel and request the sheets aren’t changed until the end of your stay.
- Purchase carbon credits to offset the carbon emissions of your air travel. Ensure you work with a reputable vendor before your purchase such as Expedia.ca’s partner TerraPass.
Plus During Your Trip:
- Engage in local culture. The saying, “When in Rome do as the Romans” still applies today. Destination vacations provide a unique opportunity to explore new cultures and to see the world through a different perspective. Enjoying local foods, shopping in local markets, and attending local festivals are all part of experiencing the culture.
- Buy local products and services. Choosing to support locally-owned businesses, community tour operators, and artisans means that you’ll have a one-of-a-kind experience while contributing directly to the community. Before purchasing goods, ask about their origin. Avoid buying products made from threatened natural resources and report poaching and other illegal activities to the local authorities.
- Refrain from aggressive bargaining. It’s often difficult to know the limits in bargaining, so if it’s unclear, ask the hotel for tips. Remember that the purchases may directly affect the vendors’ livelihoods, so decide if it’s really necessary to hang onto that extra dollar.
- Hire local guides. Enrich the experience by choosing local guides who are knowledgeable about the destination. Ask local tour operators and hotels for recommendations.
- Tread lightly. These destinations are World Heritage sites because of their exceptional natural or cultural splendor. Help to keep them that way by following designated trails, respecting caretakers, and not removing archaeological or biological treasures from sites.
- Respect the natural environment. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Even though you are just visiting and not paying the utility bill, disposing of garbage properly and minimizing consumption of water and energy will benefit the overall destination.
- Think of the Big Picture. While it is important to support local economy, certain tourist activities and souvenirs can damage a fragile locale. Say “no” to a souvenir that's a piece of the site itself, and to tourist activities that may be harmful to a site’s longevity.
Visit Expedia.ca’s Going Green page for more green travel ideas.