Sustainable Travel: By following these four tips from the experts, your vacation will be environmentally friendly

Train travel, booking fair deals, and supporting the local economy are good ways to make your next vacation more sustainable.

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Our tips and expert advice will help make your next vacation more eco-friendly.

Many are familiar with the dilemma: no matter how often you use public transport, cutting out meat or buying only regionally and seasonal – at the latest when planning your vacation, your green conscience begins to falter. We’ve rounded up four tips for you and asked an expert to make your next trip more sustainable.

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John Andrea Florin He is the managing director of the Swiss non-profit organization fair on the road. The department is committed to fair and environmentally friendly tourism. Provides specific information and recommendations for action for travelers and the general public.

1. Plan your vacation infrequently

More and more vacation resorts are trying to extend their seasons in order to better distribute the volume of travelers. Because the main travel season not only puts a huge pressure on nature, but also puts a lot of pressure on the locals, who usually only earn money during the high season. So, if you have the opportunity to travel in the off-season and to lesser known destinations, take advantage of it. The advantages of this are not only cheaper prices, but also less crowded resorts.

Your own private beach - You have a better chance of this if you travel to less touristy places outside of the main travel season.

Your own private beach – You have a better chance of this if you travel to less touristy places outside of the main travel season.

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Here’s what the expert says: In addition to the time of travel, there is also a clear trend in the choice of destination. Many travelers are tired of crowds of tourists and prefer unremarkable places like Morges in Vaud. on the site Goodtravel.guide You will also find global destinations far from mass tourism.

2. Open your eyes when booking a vacation

There are now sustainability labels that you can use as a guide when booking vacations – but it’s often hard to appreciate how transparent they really are. Either compare label standards yourself or go to a travel agency and get advice from experts with experience in the field.

Although sustainability labels offer a certain trend, they are not always transparent.

Although sustainability labels offer a certain trend, they are not always transparent.

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Here’s what the expert says: You can tell if sustainability labels are really serious by whether the standards are transparent and not only about the environment, but also working conditions, equal rights for women and minorities, and a ban on child labor. There is one on the Fairunterwegs website Naming guide as an aid.

3. Choose your mode of transportation consciously

Thanks to the better developed road network, many destinations can be reached by night train. And there are things happening on the waterway as well: Starting this summer, climate-friendly cruises with It may be possible to ship goods across Europe. If air travel is unavoidable, it is worth accepting the offered flights to compare. Depending on aircraft type, capacity usage, engine age and other factors, CO2 emissions can vary greatly. Direct flights work better than drop-offs, because the start costs the most emissions.

Why not travel by ship for once?

Why not travel by ship for once?

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Here’s what the expert says: Air travel is responsible for about seven percent of human-made global warming. In Switzerland, according to the WWF, the proportion is as high as 27 percent. So I advise not to travel by plane. If you are still traveling, book a direct flight and stay in the holiday destination for as long as possible. If you want to compensate for your trip, be sure to pay attention to the providers. Because the cheapest is not necessarily the best.

4. Supporting the local economy

On average, only half of the income from tourism remains in the host country. Local companies often suffer from large hotel chains and all-inclusive offers. Mass tourism also leads to a high cost of living for the local population and a lack of resources. Counter this by visiting local restaurants, trying regional specialties, and making sure when buying souvenirs that they are from local producers.

You can often find nicer and more individual souvenirs in local markets than in classic stores.

You can often find nicer and more individual souvenirs in local markets than in classic stores.

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Here’s what the expert says: I recommend traveling according to the GLÜ.CK formula from fairunterwegs:

  • JLeisurely travel: stroll, hike, bike, boat, stay in one place. In short, take your time.

  • TheLocal area: give preference to local suppliers and get to know their products better.

  • ÜBe prepared for surprises: discover the country and its people in a comfortable way without having to work through to-do lists.

  • cO2 And cut other emissions: reduce waste, recycle, and don’t book giant oil-powered hotels. Help take care of our planet.

  • KPaying the Right Prices: When the prices are too low, one always suffers. Most hotel, airline or state employees receive very little tax to maintain the tourism infrastructure.

What are your tips for sustainable travel?

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