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Tips for responsible travel



Lara Solomon, head of communications at, has written an excellent 16-point guide to travelling responsibly in The Huffington Post.

Her tips chime perfectly with the sentiments inside Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Tourism, for which we spoke to some of the industry’s leading lights about opening your eyes to new ways of experiencing the world’s many wonders.

She recommends enquiring about your tour operator’s responsible travel policy before booking a holiday, as well as taking care to book direct flights to places, or even more effective, choose another form of transport.

Other tips include buying local produce when on your holiday, respecting local cultures and using water sparingly.

But these responsible travel pointers aren’t solely for travelling abroad – they’re equally true when travelling domestically.

We recently announced an exciting partnership with cottages4you, the largest collection of holiday cottages to rent in the UK, Ireland, France and Italy. Each week, we’ll be profiling a different cottage, bringing you everything you need to know about some of their best properties based up and down the British Isles.

As American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Sustainable travel is about preserving and improving the ways in which we see the many wonders of the Earth, and ensuring that in 20 years’ times, they will still be just as beautiful.

Further reading:

Beautiful luxury cottages in beautifully untouched locations

Infographic: why should you travel green?

Sustainable tourism labelled a ‘key trend’ by luxury travel network

Sustainable tourism: a passing fad or way of life?

The Guide to Sustainable Tourism