The Travel Foundation is a UK charity that cares for the people and places we love to visit.
The foundation are helping the travel industry to take effective action on sustainable tourism in mainstream destinations across the world, improving quality and keeping holidays special into the future.
To Find Out More, Including
– How you can get involved
– Tips for your favourite destination
– Test your knowledge about greener holidays in a quiz go to http://www.makeholidaysgreener.org.uk
Here’s our Top Tips for a Greener Holiday
- Buy Local
Buying locally-made souvenirs, eating and drinking at local bars, cafes and restaurants and taking excursions using local guides are great ways to get more out of your holiday and ensure local people benefit from your stay.
- Use Water And Energy Sparingly
Take short showers rather than baths, reuse towels and bed linen rather than having them replaced daily, turn down/off heating and air-conditioning when not required, turn off all lights and appliances when you leave your room.
- Respect The Local Culture And Traditions
Dress and act appropriately for the place that you are visiting – do a little background reading before you go away or ask your holiday rep for advice.
- Remove Packaging From Items That You Are Taking Away With You
Many countries are unable to cope with high levels of waste and don’t have recycling services.
- Please Don’t Have Your Photo Taken With Any ‘Wild Animals’
These animals are often taken from the wild when young, and then mistreated and killed when they get too large or difficult to handle.
- Before You Go
Start enjoying your holiday before you go by doing some background reading on the place you’ll be visiting. Your welcome will be warmer if you take an interest and speak a few simple phrases in the local language.
Start your search by visiting our Holiday Destination Guides.
Consider offsetting the carbon emissions from your flight with a scheme such as www.reducemyfootprint.travel
Please also remember to take all other action to reduce carbon emissions on your holiday – offsetting isn’t enough on its own.
- At Your Accommodation
As well as using water and energy sparingly, please help to reduce waste by using cloth bags instead of plastic, and re-using plastic cups and water bottles.
When you buy local souvenirs, always be sure to bargain with good humour and bear in mind that a small cash saving to you could be a significant amount of money to the seller.
Please don’t buy products made from endangered or wild animals and plants including coral, shells, starfish, horns, teeth and animal skins and fur. If in doubt, don’t buy.
- Exploring The Area
– Use public transport where you can. Alternatively hire a bike or walk when exploring.
– Please dispose of cigarettes properly. Wild fires are a serious hazard in many hot, dry destinations.
– Please don’t step on or remove any coral when swimming or diving, it’s extremely fragile and takes decades to grow.
– Always book wildlife-watching trips with a qualified guide. Wild animals can easily be disturbed, harming their chances of survival. Keep your distance, don’t pursue animals that run/fly/swim away and never feed wild animals.
– Consider taking a trip to see dolphins in the wild rather than opting for a swim-with experience. Dolphins find captivity very stressful because they are large, intelligent animals.
- Reporting Crime and Bad Practice
Child sex tourism is a criminal offence in all destinations. If you would like to report an incident, contact the local police. You can also report it to Crimestoppers – if overseas +44 800 555 111 or 0800 555 111 (freephone) in the UK. You may also want to report it to your tour operator/travel company. For further information, please contact ECPAT UK (End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking) http://www.ecpat.org.uk +44 207 233 9887.
If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of animals in captivity, please contact the Born Free Foundation:
0845 0035960 (24 hour hotline)