Ways to Be a More Eco-Friendly Traveler
We know there are questions around travel amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read our note here.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, global travel was on an exponential rise. The U.N. World Tourism Organization recorded 1.5 billion international tourist arrivals in 2019 and was projecting a 4% increase for 2020. But that came with an adverse side effect for Mother Nature: The travel industry was accountable for an estimated 8% of the global greenhouse gas emissions.
“There isn't a silver bullet for fixing the climate crisis, and that means we're going to have to identify solutions from many different angles,” says Kelley Louise, founder of Impact Travel Alliance. “As travelers, the first step is making sure our experiences are as eco-friendly as possible.”
This pause in global travel allows us the time to rethink how we approach tourism — and realize the power in making more mindful and sustainable choices when it’s safe to wander the world again. As Intrepid Travel’s Chief Customer Officer Leigh Barnes says, “Travel can also serve as a way to open our eyes to the impacts of climate change around the world and inspire advocacy for our planet.” Ready to make your first post-pandemic trip more eco-friendly? Read on for eight simple steps to take for the ultimate sustainable travel checklist.