Sustainable Travel Tips

Sustainable Travel Tips for your next Adventure

Travelling sustainably is important to me as a travel consumer. I want my travel investment to have a positive impact on the communities I visit.  Travel can be a force for good in the world when done in a responsible manner.  By working with a travel professional that is knowledgeable and passionate about sustainable travel and making choices with your travel dollars to support destinations and travel companies that incorporate sustainability in their business practices you will be encouraging more companies and destinations to follow suit.

Choose your tour company wisely

There are some wonderful tour companies that focus on positively impacting the communities and countries they take their clients to visit.  Some forward-thinking tour companies are making sustainable tourism practices a priority by choosing locally owned and operated accommodations, using local guides on tours, and supporting community tourism projects among other things. Ask questions when planning your next trip to see what choices are available.

Ccaccaccollo Women's Weaving Co-op
Ccaccaccollo Women's Weaving Co-op, Peru supported by the Planeterra Foundation

Eat & Shop Locally

When you eat and shop locally you can ensure the money you’re spending during your trip is going directly into the community you are visiting.  Search out local markets to find incredible handicrafts made by local artisans. Stop by the local food vendor that has a lineup of locals. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Madrid Market
Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid

Buy Quality Luggage

When buying luggage it’s important to invest in pieces that can take the battering that travel puts on it.  Your luggage is going to see conveyor belts, rough baggage handlers, trains, taxis, elevators and more on an average trip.  A cheap suitcase is only going to last one or trips at most before it starts to fall apart.  Many times you can find great luggage brands at your local Winners or Marshalls for a great deal.  One of my personal favourite brands is Lug.  I have a few of their bags that have been all around the world with me and still look as good as the day I bought them.

My Favourite Lug Bag
My favourite bag that goes everywhere with me.

Protect from the sun without causing harm

Some chemicals found in sunscreen and other skin-care products are detrimental to coral reefs. Of specific concern is oxybenzone, a chemical used in sunscreens to protect our skin from harmful UV light.  There are ways to protect ourselves from the sun without using sunscreens that cause damage to coral and ocean waters.  Wear a shirt and hat while at the beach and wear a long-sleeved rash guard when swimming.  Avoid spray-on sunscreens. Use safer mineral-based sunscreens like zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Look for marine safe products, such as those labelled with the “Marine Safe” icon.

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef, Australia

When you’re planning your next adventure, I would be happy to go over the sustainable travel options available to you.  Click the yellow button below to get started with a complimentary consultation.

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Michelle Gaudet

Michelle Gaudet

Michelle Gaudet is an award-winning Certified Travel Counsellor and the owner of Inspired Travel Adventures, an independent travel agency based in the Niagara Region. With a specialization in custom travel itineraries and small group adventures, Michelle creates personalized and unforgettable journeys for her clients
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