In pursuit of sustainable travel

2013-11-26 14:51
Sustainability has become something of a buzzword, with people realising the massive responsibility we have to keep the world not only livable, but also beautiful for our future generations. But how does one translate it into an industry with a particularly heavy carbon footprint? 

In today's Travel Talk on Twitter we chatted about "Sustainable travel & tourism" and found it's not as easy to define as most travellers would like. We've shared a few of our favourite answers that the Twitter travel community came up with and would love to hear your thoughts!
If you're a keen traveller who likes to share tales, tips and trifles with other wanderers, you should head on over to Twitter every Tuesday for Travel Talk on Twitter, also known as #TTOT.

Taking place every week at 11:30 (SA time), the chat is run by a few of the world's top travel bloggers, such as Travel Dudes, Roni Weiss and Runaway Juno, and aimed at getting travellers from all over the world to sharing their experiences. How it works: A new topic is introduced every week, so to stay in the loop by keeping close tabs on the TTOT Facebook group.

The discussion takes the form of five different questions related to the topic and will be numbered Q1 - Q5, with a couple of minutes for responses to each. In order to respond to a specific question you will start your answer with A1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, of course including #TTOT so you're included in the stream.

Check out the Travel Talk on Twitter Facebook page for updates about upcoming chats.

Q1. What does sustainable tourism mean to you?

A1: Sustainable tourism should be promoted by all luxury hotels for tourists to enjoy their stay in a green environment #ttot

— Hotel Éclat Beijing (@eclat_beijing) November 26, 2013

A1 #ttot yes to all, but on the economic one I opt to NOT travel to certain countries as my (small) economic penalty to them eg, NK

— PaxView Jeff (@JR_justJR) November 26, 2013

Q2. What amenities do you look for in Eco-friendly lodging?

A2 Source food locally, support the community, recycle, watch the electricity usage, etc #ttot

— funrated (@funrated) November 26, 2013

A2 The only 'eco-friendly' places I've ever stayed in have been national parks and I'm just happy if they have a loo #TTOT

— Bianca (@dayjaunts) November 26, 2013

A2. Rule number 1: it needs to blend in. No point being Eco if you're screaming 'look at me'. #ttot

— Lachlan Swan (@SwannySA) November 26, 2013

Q3. What simple changes can resorts make to make travel more sustainable?

A3: Plant a tree to compensate for a traveler's carbon footprint #ttot

— Grootbos (@Grootbos) November 26, 2013

A3: Let you reuse your towels if they don't yet need washing #ttot

— Katie Mayors (@katiemayors) November 26, 2013

A3. If the resort has a restaurant, use local products from the place #ttot

— Aggy (@dewtraveller) November 26, 2013

A3 Sell local produced beers and wines of course #ttot

— Iain Mallory (@MalloryOnTravel) November 26, 2013

Q4. How can travel bloggers help the industry focus on sustainable tourism rather than mass tourism?

Q5. What steps do you take to make your travels more socially and environmentally responsible?

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