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How to travel sustainably

Find out how you can further reduce your carbon footprint while you travel.
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It's unsurprising that many of us are seeking out more sustainable trips. The travel industry has a large carbon footprint, but also a real economic importance for many countries in the developing world, so it's a fine balancing act that many tour operators take very seriously in the fight against climate change.

At Explore, we aim to reduce the carbon footprint for all of our trips by planning out every stage responsibly. We take into consideration the accommodation where Explore travellers stay, the routes and vehicles used to get from one destination to another and the environmental impact of the activities included as part of each trip.

From the moment you book with Explore, we consider it our responsibility to think about how our actions impact the Earth and the countries we visit every step of the way. However, there are many things that individual travellers can do to reduce their personal carbon footprint when planning a trip. If you want to find out how you can reduce your own travel carbon footprint, our guide will give you all the helpful advice you'll need to become a more responsible traveller


Pack lightly

Heavy luggage can impact the weight of the aircraft and requires more fuel, so be sure to pack light, taking only the essentials that you will need for your trip. . If every passenger reduced the weight of their baggage this could help reduce the amount of fuel needed for flights. In fact, one airline calculcated that by lightening the load of every plane by just 0.45kg, they could save 53,000 litres of fuel every year!

Reduce waste

As well as packing light, there are lots of eco-friendly packing tips available to help you reduce waste while you're on vacation. For example, instead of buying travel-size toiletries why not purchase reusable bottles and pots which you can decant your larger bottles into? Even better, solid soaps, shampoo and conditioner bars are a lightweight, zero-plastic option. Take a reusable tote bag for any vacation souvenirs or supermarket purchases, and for hiking trips, your own set of Tupperware with reusable cutlery may come in very handy.

Travel like a local

Explore aims to reduce its carbon footprint by using public transport where feasible, which allows travellers to enjoy the experience of traveling like a local. Why not consider this when visiting a new place? You needn't worry about getting from A to B safely with Explore, as we will plan it all for you. Whether you're traveling by bus, hopping on a boat, riding the train or enjoying the thrill of a humble tuk-tuk, Explore organises the most efficient, ecologically-conscious and economic transport methods available. This will add to the excitement and adventure of your vacation, compared with traveling entirely by car.
Explore also offer a number of walking tours and cycling trips so that your transportation is built into the tour. Why travel any other way when you could enjoy the sights, sounds and scenery on a bicycle ride along the coast, or a walking tour that takes you to some of the world’s most famous sights?

You should also 'think locally' when eating out or buying gifts. Destinations such as Morocco, India and Peru have wonderful markets where you can pick up hand-crafted clothing, trinkets and ornaments, while eating at a street food restaurant in Thailand, or learning how to make ceviche in Mexico will provide you with an authentic taste of your destination, rather than putting money into international businesses that may not contribute as much to the local economy.

Give back to the environment

There are many great incentives to get involved with when it comes to combatting climate change, many of which are undertaken by Explore as part our Responsible Tourism initiative. We've partnered with a variety of different environmental organisations, each one supporting the fight against climate change and the biodiversity crisis in different parts of the world. For every customer who books with us, we make a donation to Rewilding Britain, helping to support nature restoration and protection in the UK. We also offset flights for every single Explore customer and staff member through Climate Care and make a donation to Cool Earth and their Amazon Rainforest protection projects.

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