Sustainable travel was big news last year, as the United Nations declared 2017, the International Year of Sustainable Tourism.
Want to put the planet and its people first in 2018? Follow our simple trip tips below:
Are you off to enjoy some winter sun in South Africa? Then tune into the “two-minute shower song.” With a water crisis in the Cape, several of the country’s hottest artists are singing to save water – the aim – to reduce personal water usage to no more than 87 litres per day. Download the FREE album here.
GREEN-LIGHT GRASSROOTS PURSUITS
Be mindful about the impact you’re having on the people of Africa. We offer plenty of ways to support the communities we visit out on tour. Engage with the locals on village walks in Malawi, in Meserani (Tanzania) where you can make more tangible, lasting memories by purchasing souvenirs from the Maasai and at the Swazi Royal Enclosure where you’ll also have the opportunity to meet local crafters. Don’t forget, simply by participating in activities you are helping to support grassroots economies, whether you’re listening to choir singers in Malealea (Lesotho) or learning survival skills from the San Bushman in the Kalahari.
Let’s face it we’ve all seen the damage plastic can do especially to the world’s oceans and its wildlife, so Kenya’s recent ban on plastic bags entering the country is a smart and sustainable move. Ditch your duty-free bags too, as they won’t make it past passport control, and add some canvas carriers to your backpack.
Reusable water bottles are the “go to” for today’s green travellers and not only will ditching plastic alternatives help to save the environment, you’ll save bags of cash in the long run and, you’ll be BPA free – the chemical used to make certain types of plastic having been shown to affect your health if it seeps into your water.
Can’t live without a straw? Opt for stainless steel or even a bamboo straw as they are sustainable, reusable and biodegradable.
Going overland rather than flying direct to your destination has a major impact on the overall distribution of tourism dollars, so think about how you travel. We buy our food supplies as we go, bringing revenue directly to local markets and into local communities.