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OVER THE PAST 50 YEARS WE’VE NEVER CEASED TO BE AMAZED BY THE CONSCIENTIOUS AND RESPONSIBLE ATTITUDE OF SO MANY OF OUR TRAVELLERS
There’s no better education than travel. Exploring the world opens your eyes to different cultures, different communities and a new way of living, andtravelling responsibly goes hand in hand with this education. Small steps make big waves, and by educating ourselves on the changes we can make as individuals both on our travels and at home, we can protect the places that have given us countless happy memories for years to come.
Think catching a train or taking public transport is the most environmentally friendly choice? Surprisingly, you’re wrong. In actual fact, coach travel as a mode of transport consistently comes out top as the greenest travel option, and we can prove it. Research has shown that one full coach has five times less carbon dioxide emissions, per passenger per kilometre, than a plane on the same route. Or, in car terms, for every full coach there are 16 fewer cars on the road.
CONTIKI + EURO 6 = A HAPPIER PLANET
Gone is our original minivan, and in its place are a fleet of impossibly efficient Euro 6 coaches. The most advanced of their kind, Euro 6 engines containAdblue - an aqueous, non-corrosive and non-abrasive solution. Adblue converts all dangerous fumes on the Euro 6 coaches into a mixture of water and nitrogen - harmless products for the environment. 100% of the coaches we own in Europe now have Euro 6 engines – a figure we’ve been worked towards for a number of years now.
We feel it’s increasingly important to provide our guests and our team with the necessary tools and information to allow them to make responsible travel choices whenever possible. If you’re looking to offset your carbon footprint for an upcoming or previous travel experience, our not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation has identified four leading carbon offset programs - Conservation International Carbon Fund, myclimate, The Nature Conservancy, and Rainforest Concern – Forest Credits - that provide travellers with a number of ways in which to offset your travel experiences and a variety of carbon offset projects to choose from."
The Recycling Revolution
Considering the number of travellers who go on a Contiki trip each year, and the number of plastic bottles each traveller brings with them - we knew that something needed to be done. Today, each Europe bound Contiki coach never leaves on a new departure without carrying bio-bags in storage. Our passionate Trip Managers collect travellers empty bottles at each stop of a trip, disposing of these at recycling bins along the route, or storing the full bags until they can find a recycling point.
BE THE CHANGE
Although there are countless ways to travel sustainably, we’ve provided 25 Tips to guide you in responsible practices that will help to benefit the communities you visit, as well as the environment as a whole.
CULTURE AND COMMUNITY
RESPECT AND SUPPORT THE LOCAL CULTURE AND TRADITIONS OF THE DESTINATIONS YOU'RE VISITING
•Learn a little. Start with a country’s language, religion, culture and local customs.
•What Are you wearing. Try and dress appropriately for cultural sites you’re visiting.
•Learn a few phrases of the local language and don’t be afraid to use them!
•Be Aware. Choose restaurants and shops that do not promote cruelty or exploitation of any kind.
•Be Respectful and always ask before photographing or videoing people.
•Support local.Look for locally owned establishments and consume local goods.
•Bargain much? Avoid excessive bargaining, as purchases affect vendors livelihoods.
•Keep traditions alive. Shop from local artisans using traditional methods for their crafts.
•Support the communitythrough a reputable local organisation.
HELP SUSTAIN THE NATURAL AND CULTURAL BEAUTY OF A DESTINATION BY LEAVING IT UNTOUCHED AND BY REDUCING YOUR USE OF PRECIOUS RESOURCES AND WASTE.
• Hang Hotel towels. Do you really need them replaced daily?
• Minimize waste. Bring your own reusable water bottle and shopping bags.
• Unplug. Lights and appliances should be unplugged before you leave home.
• Use water sparingly when brushing teeth and taking showers.
• Switch off lights and air conditioning when not in your hotel room.
• Bring you down toiletries to avoid all that nasty packaging used by some hotels.
• Separate paper from plastic and try to recycle wherever possible.
• Share your holiday brochure and recycle them when you’re done with them.
• Book flights direct. Carbon emissions occur during take off and landing.
• Use public transport, rent a bicycle or walk to explore a new destination.
• Dont take Souvenirs from the natural environment as that can leave devastating lasting effects. • Stick to designated trails, leaving nature and structures untouched.
ONCE YOU RETURN HOME, CONSIDER WHAT STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS A HEALTHIER EARTH
•How can you support organisations that work to protect the welfare, culture and environment of the destination you've visited? •Plan your next trip! Explore more- there is so much to learn about the world!
• We can reduce our carbon footprints everyday just by using energy sparingly. Consider getting an energy audit completed on your home.