At Avenue Two Travel, we know that travel is a powerful force for good. As we encounter new cultures and ideas, these experiences transform us into better global citizens. And when we travel responsibly, we can return the favor and have a lasting impression on communities and destinations that we know and love.
Responsible travel doesn’t mean using the same towel for a week or staying in bare bones accommodations. Rather, it is taking ownership of how our journey impacts the world around us. Here are a few easy ways to become a more responsible traveler.
Do Your Research
When Choosing a Destination
Many iconic destinations are struggling with overtourism. Instead of weaving through crowds of backpacks and selfie sticks, ask your travel advisor for alternatives destinations that are more stable for tourism. Who knows? You could end up floating along the canals of Brugges instead of fighting Gondola traffic in Venice.
When Choosing Tours & Accommodations
These days the options for accommodations, tours, transportation, and restaurants are seemingly endless. That means we have the power to choose wisely! Do some digging and book with partners that have a focus on sustainability or giving back to the community. Talk to your travel advisor about authentic experiences and service providers that give back to the local community.
Pack With Purpose
Pack Only What You Need
Lean into the less is more mentality when creating your packing list. Pack items that can be used or worn more than once throughout your trip.
Minimize Potential Waste
It’s time to nix the plastics and opt for more environmentally friendly options. Think reusable water bottles and travel containers.
Many destinations’ economies rely on tourism in a big way. Make sure your supporting their community by choosing local options. Instead of a latte from Costa, perhaps try the charming, little cafe next to your hotel! That gorgeous pashmina in the window of a local boutique? Chain stores could never.
Quality Over Quantity
We know it can be tempting to try to see and do everything when planning a trip, but we recommend taking the time to really enjoy a destination rather than cram multiple spots in one trip. Collaborate with your travel advisor to craft an itinerary that allows you to immerse yourself in a destination without running yourself ragged.
Small But Smart Decisions
Every little bit helps! Throughout your trip, think of potential options that may be more sustainable. Instead of hopping in an Uber, consider walking when and where possible.
The Golden Rule is the same in every language! And we know it goes without saying, but be kind and respectful while visiting places away from home.
Whether it’s adhering to a dress code when visiting religious sites or sampling a local delicacy that’s out of your comfort zone, these acts are an easy way to show your appreciation. Even taking the time to learn a few words in the local language goes a long way!