When one thinks about sustainable travel, carbon offsetting immediately comes to mind. However, it's more impactful to invest your money in hotels, destinations and initiatives that go beyond the carbon offsetting tactic.
Environmental initiatives dominate the sustainability conversation, but central to the concept is empowering community and ensuring upward mobility for locals whilst protecting what makes a destination unique. So when planning your trips in 2022, it pays to start with these things in mind.
Give to companies that give back to earth
In Scotland, the organisation Wildland Limited is taking regeneration seriously. Its 200 year vision is to rehabilitate parts of the Scottish Highlands, specifically three estates: Wildland North Coast, Wildland Cairngorm and Wildland West & Ness. Restoring and conserving the Scottish Highlands to its former glory isn’t only about nature healing itself; the organisation also hopes that the movement will attract people to live and work here in a conscious manner and therefore create thriving local communities.
Travellers are able to support by booking their guesthouses, self-catering cottages, and exclusive lodges. Our pick? Glenfeshie Lodge. Dating back to the 1880s, the lodge has hosted royalty but until recently was noted for the deforestation around it. No more—the forests are slowly becoming lush again, a spectacle that you can witness for yourself.