12 Feb The Responsible Traveller
Would you believe being an eco-conscious traveller is a lot easier than it sounds. Here we have put together some tips that can easily be woven into your travel plans to help you travel for the better.
Look out for like-minded businesses
More and more tourism businesses, including restaurants, tour operators and accommodations, are taking action to become more sustainable and eco minded. They have introduced solar power, installed water recycling, removed single use products, utilise biodegradable cleaning products, the list is endless.
Luckily for us we can find suppliers committed to sustainable travel all in one place – the Eco Tourism Australia website. Here you will find a list of tourism business in Australia who are actively and continuously making these changes. Finding eco experiences has never been easier, the hard part is choosing between the many options.
It is no secret that CO2 emissions are one of the main contributors to climate change. There is no better time than now to be reminded that alternate forms of transport can be just as enjoyable. With the introduction of electric cars, you can now feel good about taking a road trip. A great government initiative has led to the creation of Queensland Electric Super Highway.
This is a route from Cairns to just past Brisbane with electric charging stations at specific intervals, making this trip possible in one go for low or zero emission vehicles. Our closest charging point to 1770 LARC! Tours is at Sandcastles Resort there is also a charging point at Miriam Vale, which just happens to be a GREAT stop for a crab sanga!
With Australia being 7.692 million km2 sometimes driving can be too much. Why not remove yourself from the wheel and gain the freedom to eat, nap and take in the views by hopping on the train. Queensland Rail can get you where you want to be. You can also find yourself exclusive itineraries and packages that include accommodation, tours and travel.
Inside Spirit of Queensland – Train from Brisbane to Cairns
An easy way to play your part in sustainable travel is to review and change how you pack. Travelling light is an easy way to start. If everyone packed a little lighter, on a larger scale this would reduce the weight of your transport, equalling less fuel consumption. Take a look into your toiletry bag and see what you could change to make it eco-friendly. Swap out your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one. Try shampoo and conditioner bars, these are simple to use and as an added bonus… no risk of spillage. The same applies for soap bars instead of shower gels. Reduce plastic waste by avoiding miniature shampoos, shower gels and wrapped soap bars in your accommodation. Definitely pack a reusable water container and if you’re a coffee connoisseur and can’t go without, ensure you take a reusable coffee cup.
Sea Shepherd reusable water bottles and coffee cups are available at 1770 LARC! Tours office
Leave only footprints
Anyone who has travelled Australia has heard the saying ‘take only memories, leave only footprints’ or a similar version. Leading into 2022 let’s try to do more than this. Attempt to leave no trace, or leave the destination in better condition than you found it. It costs nothing to respect boundary signage, not feed animals, pick up rubbish and volunteer. Spread the word, lead by example and inspire others to do the same.
How much money you saved!
How much better your experience was!
How little you wasted!
How much you learnt!
Images of the beautiful locations visited!
Green Travel Leader
1770 LARC! Tours is proud to be an Eco Tourism Australia certified Tour operator for 20 years this year and listed as one of Eco Tourism Australia’s Green Travel Leaders. We are conscious of our effects on the environment, actively introducing more sustainable initiatives and will continue to investigate ways in which we can make a difference. The trend has already started and now is the time for you to also be a part of it.