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“We cannot hope to create a sustainable culture with any but sustainable souls.”

― Derrick Jensen

Sustainable Travel is the twin sister of responsible tourism.  Both are focused on the impact that tourism has on local communities, but sustainable tourism is also concerned with conservation and tourism development’s environmental impact.

Sustainable travel is a way to transform tourism in such a way that negative impacts of tourism can be minimized on long term basis and natural & cultural environments can be protected successfully. Be a conscious traveler- make eco-friendly choices as you travel. Reduce carbon footprints, purchase local or indigenous products, volunteer for conservation trips and protect nature and its resources.


Mangrove forest in Thailand.

Looking Behind the Funhouse Mirror in Thailand

By Josh Fredman

The dock at Ao Nang in Krabi, Thailand is as nondescript as any western restaurant patio. Wooden slats make up a narrow walkway with benches on either side.   Read more

Asia Sustainability
Orangutang in Sumatra

The positive influence of eco-tourism in Sumatra

By Bianca Caruana

In places like Sumatra, environmentalists are hoping a focus on eco-tourism will influence conservation efforts.   Read more

Asia Eco-tourism Sustainability
Tallin Old Town Estonia compliments of Visit Estonia. photo Andrea Forlani

Tallinn, Estonia: A perfect blend of old and new

By Katy Spratte Joyce

Estonia, the gem of the Baltics, is home to the beautiful and vibrant capital city of Tallinn, where old meets new   Read more

Europe History Sustainability
Earth embedded in a beautiful sunflower is a reminder about eco-friendly travel as an imperative.

How to Make Your Trip More Eco-Friendly

By Ali Jennings

More and more of us are becoming aware of the impact our carbon footprint has on the globe and are already taking steps to limit this.   Read more

The World Social Responsibility Sustainability
bicycler in forest

How travelling responsibly can help preserve our planet

By Audrey Lim

Here’s some food for thought. We’re now in an era in which human activity is the dominant influence on our climate and the environment. Scary, I know.   Read more

Oceania Sustainability
Licin woman

Locals of Licin, East Java

By Ziba Redif

The sleepy village of Licin is situated in the Banyuwangi regency of East Java, Indonesia. It’s a 30-minute drive from the town of Banyuwangi – Java’s easternmost tip – and an hour from the slopes of Kawah Ijen, the legendary volcano famous for its electric blue flames.   Read more

Asia Agritourism Indigenous Sustainability
Alicia-Rae Olafsson takes in the view at Möllerfjorden, in the Norwegian Arctic on the archipelago of Svalbard.

The Magnetism of the Polar Regions: Voyaging through the Arctic and Antarctic

By Alicia-Rae Light

Maybe it’s the cold bite of the wind on your cheeks as you trek across the Arctic tundra in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, discovering pristine landscapes of craggy mountains and glaciers surrounded by the glistening Arctic Ocean, making you feel alive. Possibly it’s the sound (and unmistakable smell) … Read more   Read more

The World Off the Beaten Path Sustainability
Eco Tourism - Eco-lodge photo by Chelsea Wiersma

Traveling with small footprints: A guide to eco-tourism

By Chelsea Wiersma

Eco-tourism has been rapidly growing in popularity over recent years. There are now eco-friendly stores, eco-lodges, vegan restaurants, and sustainably made products in almost every major travel destination. It is the responsibility of travelers to be mindful of their impact on the environment and make informed decisions while exploring our … Read more   Read more

The World Eco-tourism Sustainability
The proboscis monkey or long-nosed monkey, is a reddish-brown arboreal Old World monkey. It is endemic to Borneo.

Sustainable Tourism Trumps Palm Oil Plantations in Borneo, Malaysia

By Ann-Marie Cahill

Our guide on the Kinabatangan River in Borneo in Malaysia has been pointing out wildlife at every turn. Crocodiles sulking near the water’s edge. Proboscis monkeys lazing in the top of trees. Hornbills flying overhead. The only thing missing is the elusive pygmy elephant. The elephant’s absence hints at the … Read more   Read more

Asia Sustainability
The Musée des Confluences is a science centre and anthropology museum in Lyon, France.

The rise of ‘second city’ travel

By Katherine Bertrand

…a growing number of travelers are opting to visit ‘second cities’ over these more popular (i.e. touristy) destinations.   Read more

The World Off the Beaten Path Sustainability
Zero-Waste earth

Zero-waste travel: Can it be done?

By Jessica Barrett

And then there’s the zero-waste lifestyle, which advocates for reducing your personal and household waste as much as possible. Those who practice this way of life say it’s changed them, and many are keen to share their tips and tricks with others.   Read more

The World Eco-tourism Sustainability
Apple orchard

Taste the Local Lifestyle with Agritourism

By Breana Johnson

I bend to reach under a blueberry bush, knowing the juiciest berries are hiding underneath, where all the other pickers have missed them.   Read more

The World Agritourism Lifestyle Food & Drink Sustainability
RV Travel

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint While Traveling

If you love traveling and take vacations away from home, you’re not alone. An estimated 1.4 billion people on the planet travel somewhere at least once every year. Unfortunately, the travel industry is partly responsible for the increase in greenhouse gas emissions compared to other sectors. Concerns over climate change … Read more   Read more

The World Eco-tourism Sustainability
Maui coastline

Finding Sustainable Souvenirs in Maui

By Kerri Smith

As travel begins to open up and we’re allowed once again to enjoy the majestic treasures of our world, it’s vital to consider eco-friendly experiences and embrace souvenirs produced sustainably.   Read more

United States Sustainability
Arcosanti silt casting workshop

Arcosanti: An Experiment in the Arizona Desert

By Breana Johnson

Out of view, built into the hill above, rises Arcosanti, a prototype of arcology. Arcology, a concept coined by Soleri himself by combining “architecture” and “ecology,” is the idea that architecture can be in harmony with the landscape.   Read more

United States Architecture Sustainability