SUSTAINABILITY

For Earth Day 2020, we’re taking a deeper dive into how we can do our bit for the environment by travelling with a more sustainable approach. While we’re stuck inside dreaming of endless getaways, now is the time to sit down, research, and plan how we can all become more sustainable travellers. 


We’ve rounded up the NO KA ‘OI team’s top tips, so read on to discover more about slow travel, conscious accommodation, and environmental volunteering through local projects, proving that it is actually possible see the world with an environmental mindset, along with some our recommendations for your post COVID-19 plans. 


Do your research, and inform yourself.

Start off by informing yourself as best possible, so you know exactly what your money is going towards when planning a trip. Choose a transparent travel company that has a proven track record within the industry, and then use your purchasing power to support responsible travel businesses that are consciously lowering their impact on the planet, people and places.



Slow travel. 

Cutting down on your carbon footprint when travelling is difficult, but there are ways to do so. Research when it comes to choosing an airline, or try traveling by train or boat. This definitely doesn’t mean having to compromise on luxury though! Look for shortest flight paths, use public transport where possible, and explore your destination by foot or bike rather than taxis; you’ll get so much more out of your experience. 


A great way to calculate your flight’s carbon emissions is to use a calculator such as climatecare.org, which allows you to donate to an offsetting charity of your choice.



Choose your accommodation wisely.

Consider opting for accommodation that uses renewable energy and takes steps to help protect and conserve the nature and wildlife in the area.


Staying somewhere that puts the environment first often makes for a more enjoyable and relaxing experience too – allowing you to feel more deeply immersed in a place.Local hosts can show you a more authentic side of the culture in return. 


The Jean-Michael Cousteau Resort, Fiji, for example, has low-energy light bulbs, and all their wood comes from certified local forests. The resort has an onsite farm, growing produce such as coconuts, pineapples and mangoes, and which uses only sustainable agricultural practices. As well as this, the hotel offers educational tours to its younger visitors that teach them about environmentalism.



Support locally-owned businesses.

Buy local where you can. Take advantage of eating seasonal, local food and drink, caught or picked right on your doorstep. You’ll most likely meet local people and really get to know your destination. Search for local markets to visit too, for a more sustainable approach to souvenirs and gifts. By purchasing locally made products, your contribution to the economy will have a positive impact. Be aware of the materials used though, some things could be made of cruelly sourced and unsustainable products!

SUSTAINABILITY