1st July marked the start of Make Holidays Greener Month, and as always at Explore, we’re keen to roll up our sleeves and get involved.
When green holidays spring to mind, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking of eco-lodges, camping in the wilderness and organic food - but this doesn’t have to be the case. Make Holidays Greener Month is intended to spread the word about what green holidays actually are, why they are so important, and what exactly you can do to make your holiday a greener and more responsible one.
Make Holidays Greener Month is particularly close to our hearts here at Explore. Since we were founded in 1981, we’ve always worked hard to ensure that everything we do is responsible. We meticulously plan every element of our tours to ensure that they are of benefit to the communities and environments we visit along the way. Thanks to travelling responsibly, our groups are welcomed back time and time again in the places we all love to visit.
Although you can rest assured that Explore tours are responsible, there’s always more you can do to make your experience and even greener one. We already use local and family run hotels and restaurants, travel on local transport, support local charities and interact with the local people as much as possible (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!) but there’s always more that can be done.
Whether you’re travelling over Make Holidays Greener Month, or at any time of the year, why not consider making some small changes to the way you travel? Some simple suggestions are below, but the possibilities are endless. Further inspiration can be found at makeholidaysgreener.org.uk
• Start your holiday off the green way: rather than getting a taxi to the airport, why not consider taking public transport
• Learn about the customs and traditions of the country you’re visiting before you travel, a little knowledge can go a long way
• Learn some of the local language before you leave home, you’ll gain a lot of respect for trying
• Choose to eat locally produced food: consider how far it has travelled to be on your plate
• Get to know the local people: while you’re learning about their cultures and traditions, they will be learning about yours – it’s a win, win situation
• Support local businesses: ensure the money you spend stays in the communities you visit
• Buy from the local markets: not only will you be supporting the local economy, you’ll get great opportunities for meeting and interacting with local people too
• Vote with your wallet: buy local souvenirs and avoid those that are made from endangered or threatened species
• Carry a re-usable flask: when safe drinking water is available, refill you flask rather than buy bottled water - why add to the waste?
• Save on electricity: why not choose to have a meal by candlelight one night? Whether it’s with your partner or whole group, it can be a fun experience
• When trekking, litter pick along the way. When done as a group, it’s amazing how much you will collect in one day – and no one would have gone out of their way to do it
We want to hear from you - Whether you’re travelling over Make Holidays Greener Month, or have already travelled on an Explore tour, we want to hear what you’ve done to make your experience an even greener one. No matter how big or small, we want to hear your story.
We’re collating a collage of the Explore community ‘in action’ over Make Holidays Greener Month. Please email us your pictures, videos and/or short descriptions (including your name and where you travelled) of what you did to go the extra mile to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep an eye on our website – you’ll see your stories and pictures soon!