Tourism is not just a victim of global warming – it also contributes to the problem. According to Sustainable Travel International, tourism alone is responsible for 8% of the world’s carbon emissions and this footprint is growing as more and more people travel each year. Although the impact of climate change can be felt all over the world, small islands, indigenous communities, oceans and reefs, which tourism activity relies on, are even more vulnerable. As travel slowly restarts worldwide after the long interruption caused by the pandemic, here are travel brands and apps that can help you find and book eco-friendly hotels and activities. They can also help reduce the impact your upcoming trip might have on the environment and ensure a more fulfilling and responsible experience.
Wayaj is a travel company which provides tools and information to help travellers make savvy choices that minimize the environmental impact, while maximizing the benefits to local communities. They offer travel carbon footprint offsetting, hotel sustainability ratings and assist with hotel bookings. On top of it Wayaj is a woman-led company and its founder Nelly Gedeon was also a guest on our podcast where she explained her vision and the reasons that urged her to create her eco-friendly travel brand; listen to her here.
App In The Air help travellers on their carbon neutral journey by offsetting the impact of all their previously taken flights. Their AI driven search tool, combined with a direct connection to airlines and hotels, help their clients find eco-friendly flights to match their preferences.
OffCents allows their users to automatically detect, calculate and offset their carbon emissions from transportation. Travellers can view each trip taken by car, plane, train, bus, or subway and choose how to offset each trip. It is also possible to contribute to their cause and proceeds from offsets go toward purchasing carbon offsets, or Voluntary Emission Reductions (VERs).
Glooby collects prices from a variety of airlines, travel sites and low-cost carriers to find the best flight tickets. They direct you for free to the companies that sell them and show indications of the most fuel-efficient flights and eco-labelled hotels.
We Are On A Boat is a community marketplace created to promote eco-friendly boating by providing a platform to list or book electric, wind or solar-powered boats & yachts. They also want to motivate people to share their boats while meeting new, interesting people and build constructive and meaningful relationships.
Do you know other travel brands that are using technology to help reduce pollution and climate change? Do not hesitate to share them with us on the comment section below.