We’ve learned a lot this year. Among the lessons (some welcome, some forced) is never to take travel for granted again. We’ve woken up to the power we wield as travellers to help the world be a better place. In 2021, let’s make every trip count. Let’s plan better, pack better, follow paths that benefit people and the planet, support less well-off communities and leave less in our wake.
1. Plan with purpose
The best thing we can ever do is stop and think about where any cash we’re spending is going, who it might benefit and how. Whenever we’re at a decision-making crossroads, being more thoughtful about how we spend our money, and where, can spark immeasurable change. Envisage a signpost. Ponder which direction leads to services that support worthwhile causes; which steers us to lower-carbon experiences; which destinations make it easier to be more eco. And follow the route to purchases that help those struggling to survive.
2. Cut that carbon
Look at everything through a carb-lowering lens: you’ll want to prioritise plant-based eating and use green, renewable energy wherever possible. Planning a flight-free holiday and embracing a low-octane way of travelling by train, ferry or electric car is best. If you need to hop on a plane, make those emissions count and head somewhere that you are helping by being there. Remember: taking off and landing causes the most greenhouse gases, so minimise short-haul flights, fly direct, and avoid internal connections and layovers.
3. Be more minimalistic
Reduce, reuse, recycle when it comes to your toiletry bag, your wardrobe, your general way of being. Think quality over quantity in everything you consume. Now that we’re all more mindful of hygiene, stay fresh with less wearing clothing by Danish brand Organic Basics: its sustainable cotton essentials are woven with ultra-fine silver threads and this SilverTech magic has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Get away with a few extra wears of that T-shirt or leggings when you’re on the move – less laundering means less water, energy and detergent used.