Travelling sustainably is about so much more than choosing experiences that include nature in the mix. Much like sustainability in the corporate world, those seeking to travel sustainably need to consider the environmental, social, and economic impacts of their journeys, with thoughtful and strategic approaches to the journey and the destination.
Some environmental considerations may not be as obvious as not littering – it could extend to direct air travel – perhaps even in economy class – or even ‘slow’ travel, like travelling by train. Choose hotels that recycle, or consciously choose a zero-waste approach to your journey.
Examine the social impact that your travels may have, and choose to support businesses that are run by locals and employ local people. Research whether these in turn pay their staff fairly and sustainably, and that work is done in safe environments.
The economic aspect of sustainable sees travellers contributing positively to local economies, venturing out beyond the resort to explore and engage with local businesses and independent tourism companies. One way to help nudge you into this is to not sign up for all-inclusive packages – which in turn encourages you to explore the local environment for food and entertainment.
We’ve noticed some great steps towards sustainability taken by some of the world’s leading luxury travel destinations. They’re leading the way in innovation in sustainability – use them as a benchmark when you’re planning your next adventure abroad!
Singita Sweni Lodge, Kruger National Park
Not only is every touch point at this luxurious safari experience woven together with its enticing environment in mind, the lodge has nearly 1200 solar panels, a Tesla Powerpack system, and a borehole water plant. With a management philosophy of ‘it’s more about sustainability than it is about money’, the lodge’s ongoing evolution into being a completely sustainable, self-sufficient destination that focuses on its people and its environment is inspiring.
SALT of Palmar, Mauritius
The SALT collection professes to take its guests to people, not places, and SALT of Palmar in Mauritius offers the closest of precious encounters with the islands heritage, stories, sounds, and flavours. Guests can connect with locals via the hotel’s Skill Swap, and can learn local skills from nearby artisans, travelling to meet them on the hotel’s cool convertibles or bikes for hire. A day spent at the SALT farm or learning to cook the flavoursome local cuisine are other choices to invest in the local community while enjoying unmatched experiences.
Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London
The Belmond Cadogan Hotel in London is part of one of the world’s most renowned luxury travel hotel groups, and its London haven, long the playground of socialites and bohemians, offers a refreshing approach to sustainability at its lush location in the heart of Chelsea. Seasonal, local produce is used throughout the hospitality experience, from the kitchen to the bar, going so far as to use the restaurant’s fruit and vegetable peelings to produce drinks and garnishes. The hotel also has its own beehives, home to these vital links in the global food chain, with the Cadogan honey being sold to raise money for a children’s literacy charity.