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10 Ways to Weave Impact Into Your Vacation

How to travel in style — the ethical way.


Location, Location, Location

Choose your destination wisely. If you have a burning desire to visit the African continent, consider going to Kenya, which has made a strong commitment to wildlife conservation. Countries such as Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are notoriously less responsible with their natural resources.

10 Ways to Weave Impact Into Your Vacation

Where does the country you’re visiting stand on conservation?

Do Some Research

Start with searching around on Green Globe, a worldwide certification program designed to help tourists discover their impact on local ecosystems and communities. You can also check out Planeta, which specializes in tips about environmentally friendly tourism. Doing a little background research will certainly make you think twice about haphazardly planning your next trip.

Look for lodges and hotels accredited with the Green Seal Certification for environmentally responsible practices.

Next time you plan a trip, consider putting some of these principles into practice. While you won’t be solving world hunger or curing AIDS, you may just become an unsung hero to a turtle or family somewhere.

For more information regarding ecotourism, and for some great ideas on ways to travel the planet in an earth-friendly way, check out The International Ecotourism Society’s website.

So what will you do to become a more earth-friendly traveler?

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 46 Comments

  1. Martha Tucker

    When we travel. We consciously and actively mind our carbon footprint. We choose to at least not leave garbage or anything that can harm the environment when we are on vacation. That means we carry our own reusable bags for groceries and all our trash are completely segregated and sent to a recycling plant.

  2. Great tips Hillary. As a Vegan, I appreciate the efforts to help local animal sanctuaries and not supporting whoever exploit animals. Traveling should enrich us culturally and spiritually, and respecting/supporting our exploration surroundings is a great souvenir to take home with us!

  3. Brett Lee

    Instead of taking the bus, how about using the city public bikes wherever possible. Best way to see a city. Also, rent bikes in other places for a more interesting view.

  4. Kathryn Gibson

    I love the idea of volunteering while traveling. Such a great idea.

  5. Eloise Ferris

    You always have such great photos in every article! I love the travel ones, especially.

  6. Genie Mackenzie

    I’m going to use this to teach the young people in my life — they’ll spread the word quickly, I’m sure. The younger generation really cares about these things. Gives me hope!

  7. Blanche Martina

    This is a great list. You make it seem so easy!

  8. Joss Butler

    Purchasing locally produced food is another eco-friendly travel advice. This is because locally grown food has less food miles and carbon footprint. If you could spare time, visiting the local market is also a good option.

  9. April Henry

    Smart points. Didnt realize about animals.

  10. Good timing for this one — I’m booking a trip today. 🙂

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