The way we travel and the choices we make, all have a significant impact upon the people and places we travel to see. It focuses on reducing tourism’s negative impacts and on maximising positive benefits for communities, cultures and ecosystems.
Below are short, medium and longer-term suggestions from third party sources that can offer you practical advice and information.
Top 10 tips for sustainable travel
There’s never been a better time to rethink past habits and reshape the way we and our customers travel, locally, nationally or further afield. However, it’s one thing to understand what sustainable travel means, it’s quite another to put into practice. Read more on our top ten tips for sustainable travel right now.
Travelling on eco-friendly routes
Eco-friendly routes and travel maps aim to ensure the quickest but also most fuel-efficient routes for your journeys. Read more.
Considering shared travel options
The use of shared travel includes bike share schemes, public transport and lift sharing, all offer a greater variety of options and a lower carbon method. Read more.
Using electric vehicles
Vehicles on the road account for over 75% of transportation CO2 emissions and are one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gasses worldwide, according to the International Energy Agency. While the initial upfront purchase price of an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle can be higher, this is usually offset by lower running costs. Read more.
More ways to make your business sustainable:
Remember the days when B&Bs went from having ‘hot and cold running water in each room’ signs and then had to upgrade to full private bathrooms because the market demanded it? And then WIFI became the must-have? At some point this will happen with EV charging points. Read more.
Provide information to visitors on how they can reach your business or travel around the local area using public transport. Signpost to services such as bike hire, and local sightseeing companies to cut down on car miles and support local businesses. You might like to suggest visitors look for eco-friendly routes with this Google map tool.
Consider the facilities you provide – what do you offer for walkers, cyclists, nature watchers and other outdoor enthusiasts? How can you enhance your appeal to these visitors?
Introduce incentives for visitors arriving by public transport or bicycle, or offer transport to get from local bus and train stations.