Virtuoso Traveler - June/July 2017 - 26
Vacation with Values
Travelers today are seeking out not just memorable trips, but also ways to help protect the planet and the communities they visit.
Where to begin? Try these seven easy eco-travel tips, shared by Costas Christ, Virtuoso's global strategist for sustainability.
statement puts them on record as
Say no to plastic water bottles.
being open to your questions about
Bring a reusable water ﬂask from
home or ask your tour operator or
hotel to provide one for you. Such
requests send the message that
Carry a reusable shopping bag.
travelers care about stopping the
It's one of the easiest things we can
plastic waste that clogs landﬁlls and
do for the environment, to avoid
pollutes our seas - and may also
contributing to plastic-bag pollution.
spur more travel companies to move
away from plastic.
Take the train, bike, and walk
when you can. It's environmentally
Skip the shrimp: Most of it comes
friendly and will help you embrace
from aquaculture ponds bulldozed
the slow travel movement - which
out of tropical mangrove forests and
emphasizes experiencing a place,
doused with chemicals. Download
rather than just seeing it. When you
the Monterey Bay Aquarium's free
do ﬂy, use a reliable carbon-offset
Seafood Watch app to help you
provider such as Myclimate to
choose sustainable seafood.
offset your air travel, and opt for
nonstop ﬂights instead of connections - fewer ﬂights, less emissions.
When dining out, always go local
and, when possible, organic.
Never buy wildlife products.
Patronize hotels and tour
the Maldives to Kazakh fur hats
companies that include a
and pretty Vietnamese shells, no
matter where you are, the odds are
statement on their websites. Sure,
overwhelming that such items came
some might be "greenwashing"
from killing wild animals. Just say
- talking without doing - but
no - and send a powerful message
most will provide a good idea of
that travelers do not support the
how they're going green, and a
illegal wildlife trade.
* Their most-cited phrases
Adventure travel can be transformative. That's our takeaway from a recent study by the Adventure Travel
Trade Association, which polled
vacationers on the topic. Here are a
few key ﬁndings.
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Of 1,017 respondents
polled, more than a
third (359) named
their top incentive
for adventure, followed by "expanded
worldview" (260) and
related to adventure travel
were "being in a natural
environment," "learning," and
* Five activities respondents
most associated with adventure: hiking, backpacking, trekking, kayaking, and rafting.
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