Sustainable tourism is increasing in popularity not only in Australia but around the world. Budget Direct Insurance asked some industry experts how to travel in an eco-friendly way.

Why is traveling sustainably an important consideration?

“Our planet is drowning in plastic pollution, reducing waste is no longer an option, it’s a necessity. Humans produce about 300 million tonnes of plastic waste every year, nearly equivalent to the weight of the entire human population.”
Fiona Harper, Thala Beach Nature Reserve

We need to travel responsibly, caring for our environment, culture and heritage not only for today but for the future.

“Tourism research shows that guests of the future will be looking for/will prefer to stay with operators who show that they care for the environment.”
Patrice Fletcher, Big4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park

What are some easy steps that we can collectively take as a community to encourage sustainable travel?

“Reduce the use of plastics when travelling – use refillable water bottles, carry an eco cup for your morning takeaway coffee, say no to plastic bags when shopping and say no to plastic straws.”

Use refillable water bottles, carry an eco cup for your morning takeaway coffee, say no to plastic bags when shopping and say no to plastic straws.
Fiona Harper, Thala Beach Nature Reserve

 

What are some tips to travel more sustainably for a future trip?

Try booking tours at the destination that utilise local guides, eat in restaurants that are locally owned, stay in hotels that have an environmental or eco accreditation. Absorb yourself in nature and take time to appreciate the natural world. Walk instead of using taxis (you’ll see way more, and meet more locals when you slow down to walking speed).
Fiona Harper, Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Don’t be afraid to ask a tourist operator questions about the sustainability of their operations – most tourist operators who love the outdoors will be happy to speak to you about the efforts they are making to protect their wonderful workplace.

Read the full article from Budget Direct on sustainable travel here