1 Pick an eco-friendly destination
When it comes to sustainability, different countries have different priorities. So if responsible travel really is important to you, take a look at your destination’s eco-credentials before you book. Are its nature reserves outstanding? What’s its stance on single-use plastic? Does it provide an amazing experience without shortchanging the environment?
Find a place whose priorities align with yours. France, for example, was the first country in the world to announce a total ban on the sale of single-use plastic cups, cutlery, plates and take-out boxes. Meanwhile, 90% of Costa Rica’s energy supply is renewable – thanks to its abundant geothermal, wind and hydroelectric resources. It aims to become entirely carbon-neutral by 2050.
2 Don’t stick to high season
High season means high prices, but that’s just one con of travelling at peak time. There are more crowds, more strain on resources and – in overtourism pinch points such as Venice and Paris – more tension between locals and visitors.
If you stay out of season, you might sacrifice a few sunny days, but you’ll find your destination much calmer, cheaper and quieter, and you’ll be helping the local economy. Here are some low-season surprises:
• The Maldives, in October and November – the rain clouds are clearing, but prices haven’t crept up yet. A great time to grab a bargain.
• Porto, Portugal, in March and April – you’ll find a city that’s in full spring swing before the summer hordes arrive.
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