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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® TRAVEL CHECKLIST

 

The definition of being a responsible traveler is different for each person. It’s true that it takes some thought and consideration, however it’s a common misconception that sustainable travel comes at the cost of a care-free, affordable, and enjoyable vacation. Some even think that it is a task too big for any one person.

Here at African Travel, we’ve got you covered. We have developed a Make Travel Matter Checklist for before, during, and after your travels. It’s a simple way to make a difference and help protect our planet, people, and wildlife.

 

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1. Do Your Research

  • Choose companies that have a commitment to responsible travel and to minimizing the footprint of their offices and operations.

  • Request your travel documents be sent to you electronically rather than printed and mailed to reduce paper waste.

  • Consider traveling during shoulder seasons, or to less popular areas.

  • Fly direct; take-off and landing are the most fuel intensive portions of the flight.

  • Consider airlines that are investing in sustainable aviation fuels.

 

2. Be Prepared

  • Pack reusables such as a water bottle or personal water filter and reusable shopping bag

  • Bring toiletries in reusable bottles

  • Pack light; the heavier the airplane, the more greenhouse gases it emits

  • Learn local greetings and customs before you go!

 

3. Tread Right While Traveling

  • Refuse single-use plastic and recycle when this cannot be avoided

  • Shop and eat locally to support the community

  • Purchase locally made souvenirs and pay a fair price

  • Avoid any purchase of wildlife products such as ivory

  • Do not ride animals that ought not be ridden

  • Adhere to hotel linen reuse programs to reduce water and energy consumption

  • Walk, bike, or use public transportation when possible

  • Take shorter showers (avoid baths)

  • Turn off all lights, heat/AC, and TV when you leave your room

  • When in use, keep AC at a moderate temperature

  • Honor local customs, immerse yourself in the local culture and listen intentionally to local community members

 

4. Upon Return

  • Share your experiences with friends and family

 

 

READY TO MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ON YOUR SAFARI?

Call 1-800-421-8907 or fill out our questionnaire and submit it to a specialist to plan a trip.

 

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