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Karen Edwards

Karen Edwards

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10 flightless travel adventures for 2022

10 flightless travel adventures for 2022

As we all come out blinking from a bewildering two years of travel restrictions, it appears that 2022 is the year we return to some kind of travel normality. Dare we say it, holidays seem possible again. However, an entire return to normal isn’t perhaps what we should be wishing for. With the climate crisis and stories of overtourism dominating the headlines, there’s no getting away from the fact that sustainable tourism is important. Put simply, the way we travel must change for the better. One powerful way to do this is by flying less, particularly as transport-related emissions from the tourism industry account for 22 percent of global transport emissions and 5 percent of man-made greenhouse emissions. If we all opted to fly less, there would be a significant reduction in carbon being emitted into the atmosphere. So, whether you’re planning to flop on a beach or embark on an adventure-filled journey, here are ten brilliant trip options to enjoy without setting foot on an aeroplane. RECOMMENDED: 12 ways to be a better tourist right now

7 countries that really need more travellers in 2022

7 countries that really need more travellers in 2022

Over the past two years, tourism across the world has ground to a near-enough halt, with many nations having to re-examine how to fill the revenue gap that thousands, sometimes millions, of travellers once brought to their economies. The loss in income, on both an individual and national level, has been huge in some places – with the impact on infrastructure development and conservation efforts also stalling. For the many people working in the travel and tourism industry, and the communities who support or depend on it, the recovery will be slow and gruelling. So, while 2022 should be the year we rethink how we travel and become more mindful about our carbon footprint, it is also the year where we should choose our holidays wisely, making a conscious decision about where is best to travel under the current circumstances. As you plan your trips, consider the following countries – they have had a particularly difficult time over the past 23 months. RECOMMENDED: 12 ways to be a better tourist right now

7 ways to have a greener, more eco-friendly Christmas in 2021

7 ways to have a greener, more eco-friendly Christmas in 2021

The festive season is fast approaching, and the shops are already tantalising us with their sparkling fairy lights, glistening tinsel and abundance of festive food. It’s almost a tradition to write off December as the month of overindulgence, but with a very real environmental crisis on our hands, perhaps we should all put a little more consideration into how we celebrate this year. From buying presents and decorating your home to the never-ending feasts and parties, it’s hard to imagine how it’s possible to make Christmas eco-friendly. But fear not – there are plenty of ways to delve into the spirit of the season without turning into Scrooge. Whether you’re partying your way through the month or planning a simple day at home with loved ones, here are a few easy and sustainable ways to enjoy yourself while keeping the planet front of mind.

These 7 amazing destinations are pushing for sustainable tourism

These 7 amazing destinations are pushing for sustainable tourism

If there’s one thing the pandemic has given us, it’s the time to consider how we contribute to the ongoing battle against climate change. The truth is, travelling does come with an environmental and, often, cultural cost – but by choosing to travel more responsibly and sustainably, you can help to balance the negative impacts of tourism. As individual travellers, this means being culturally aware before we set foot in the country, acknowledging the history – good and bad – of a place. Choosing destinations that have already adopted locally-beneficial initiatives, such as investing in the surrounding communities or pledging to look after nearby ecosystems, is equally important. Take the time to book through ethical operators, who proudly showcase their commitment to eco-conscious and community-led programmes. After all, championing the places pushing for better tourism is a great way to show governments that consumers support sustainable travel too. Here are seven destinations that have already signed up to a more considerate way of life: all of them are well worth a visit as the world reopens. RECOMMENDED: 12 ways to be a better tourist right now

10 once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experiences that put animals first

10 once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experiences that put animals first

Whether you dream of exploring colourful underwater reefs or going on a safari across the southern African plains, encountering wildlife in its natural habitat is a fascinating, humbling and often life-changing experience. As international travel reopens after 18 months of restrictions, these bucket-list trips will no doubt become more popular. Yet with issues such as overtourism, poaching, habitat loss and climate change heavily effecting countless species – putting many in danger of extinction – supporting wildlife tourism that prioritises animal welfare is now more important than ever. Booking with ethical operators is the first step. These are the companies who hire well-trained guides, understand wildlife behaviour and advocate for their safety. They care enough to provide an informed experience – educating visitors about animal physiology and the threats they face – while investing in the people and environment impacted by tourism. Considering an animal-themed trip in 2021? Here are ten once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experiences that put animals first. RECOMMENDED: 12 ways to be a better tourist right now

Sustainable travel: 12 ways to be a better tourist right now

Sustainable travel: 12 ways to be a better tourist right now

Many of us already live pretty eco-conscious lives. You might have swapped to a reusable coffee cup or take public transport on the regs, you might say no to single-use plastics and use a green energy provider. That’s all great, obviously, and businesses are finally switching up what they do, too. But one thing we shouldn’t overlook – and it’s quite a biggie – is the impact of our holidays. So with COP26 just getting under way in Glasgow, now’s a good time to think about the carbon emissions and waste and other certified bad stuff produced by the travel industry. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to explore the world without damaging it, and often you’ll be able to do your bit to support local communities as well. Here are 12 tips to consider when planning your next trip: so pack your eco-friendly suncream and enjoy a properly green getaway. RECOMMENDED: The 15 most spectacular national parks in the world