6 Tips for Sustainable Travel this 2018

To celebrate World Environment Day today 5th of June, Agoda shares tips on how to actively become a more conscious, responsible traveler. Here are some ideas to minimize water, fuel and energy consumption and travel more sustainably.

1. Drive less, walk more

Bangkok Tree House, Thailand sits proudly in Bangkok's so-called "Green Lung", an apt nickname for the government protected oasis that is Bang Krachao. The hotel is constructed with eco-friendly materials, powered by natural energy sources, and committed to clean environment. Its commitment stretches further by purposely not building a driveway from main road along the path leading up to the property, instead this city-based oasis encourages you to get on your bike and go explore the area.

2. Battle of bottles

You'll find a great number of Agoda's partners committed to reducing plastic waste. Take Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen hotel, which no longer provides plastic mineral bottled water, and instead offers water from a special filtration system. This action has reduced waste of more than 6,000 single-use plastic mineral water bottles a year. Additionally, more and more hotels globally now provide bath amenities (soap, shampoo, conditioner) in refillable dispensers instead of stocking individual size toiletries.

3. Switch off

Don't just switch off mentally, turn off the aircon too. Did you know that a typical hotel releases about 160kg of CO2/m2 of floor area, equivalent to about 10 tons per guestroom? Instead, forego the glaring indoor lights and blasting aircon and make the most of escaping to the beach and enjoy the sunshine and sea breeze.

Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam

Recognized as a top eco lodge by National Geographic Traveler, the villa's design at Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam features floor-to-ceiling glass windows to allow guests basking on sunshine and enjoying natural sea breeze encouraging less usage of aircon and lights.

4. Get involved in environmentally focused activities

Crystal Creek Meadows villa, Kangaroo Valley, Australia, winner of the Advanced EcoTourism Certification in 2005, the Qantas Australian Tourism Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism in 2009 and 2013 and TripAdvisor Green Leader in 2016, invites guests to 'plant a tree' to help ongoing efforts to provide a habitat for native birds and wildlife such as brush-tailed rock-wallabies and wombats during their visit.

5. Support local and eco-friendly businesses when travelling

The Dusun's story started in 1984 as a family retreat in Seremban, Malaysia. Since 2010 it has been operating as a nature resort, expanding from two houses to five, and accommodating up to 15 guests. The founding family nurtures a bond with the local community, hiring staff from nearby villages and supporting local entrepreneurs and other socially responsible businesses within the area.

6. Eat up and reduce food waste

About 25% of all food that passes through hotel kitchens is thrown out as food waste, and for every dinner any given hotel serves, about 350 grams is thrown away.

Crieff Hydro hotel in UK has been successfully 'repurposing' food from leftovers, such as making bread and butter pudding for desserts using leftover breakfast breads.

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  1. initially i thought this would be about finance but i like that i was mistaken! I'm guilty of food waste- but luckily I married someone who will eat what I left over most of the time! I love buying local- even at home here in Detroit I prefer to spend with home kitchens and local vendors only.

    1. That is a good practice Katie. At home, our parents trained us to not waste food and NOT to make leftovers, coz as my parents says "remember that many children have no food to eat"

      works every time with kids.

  2. Great tips, especially to walk more and rive less. I would also add to reduce carbon emissions with direct flights. I also travel with a refillable water bottle to reduce the plastic water bottle waste.

    1. That's awesome Jennifer! Let's help to influence many to have a sustainable travel.

  3. Some great tips and every one of us should take responsibility. Live the small tips from
    Controls on air conditioning to plastic bottles all add up. Thanks for sharing such a meaningful post.

  4. These are some very cool tips here. I can easily agree to all of them. Especially the plastic bottles are a huge problem worldwide, which needs to be solved urgently. And yes, everyone can proactively take part in make things better by choosing good alternatives. Eating up is also important thing, when I always see what is thrown away, it truly makes me sad to see this.

    1. I agree, with regards to food I learn to just pick the amount that I could consumed and never waste it. Because I don't know how to cook per se, wasting food is such a huge shame for me.

  5. Great suggestions. When we travel we pretty much walk everywhere or we hop on a bicycle which helps to reduce our carbon footprint. We always carry a bottle for water which we top up rather than buy bottles of water.

    1. Having a long walks and bicycle are good way of exercise and helps to toned our leg muscles, and butt shape :D

  6. Great tips! Whenever I travel, I bring along a reusable water bottle so I don't have to keep buying plastic bottles. And yes to walk more. I also love biking if the city is bike friendly!

  7. Very important and interesting topic! So many places are being impacted by heavy tourism today that it is really time to do something. And we can all try to do our best on this even though sometimes it is hard when you are traveling. Plastic is one of our top concerns right now and we should all be aware how it affects on our nature.

    1. We can protect our environment by now using plastic. Plastic doesn't give convenience to us.

  8. Great tips on sustainable tourism. Long walks and less use of transport during travel is my favorite part too. Reducing use of plastic is my aim too during traveling.

  9. These are awesome! I recently stayed at a hotel in the US that was taking some major strides to be eco friendly. It so cool to see! I love the sounds of that treehouse!

    1. staying in a treehouse brings back our childhood memories, and an opportunity to experience it for some who haven't.


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