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Travel Right: Sustainable Travel Tips for Your Next Adventure

For those of us who are passionate about travel and want to make a positive impact, finding ways to align our sustainable aspirations with our excitement to explore can be a challenge. While it's true that reducing our environmental impact involves minimising air travel, there are still plenty of sustainable travel tips that can help us make a difference without sacrificing our wanderlust. By making small changes, every traveller can contribute to a more sustainable future. Here are some actionable tips to get started on your sustainable travel journey. 

Choose Eco-Friendly Accommodations

The UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge, launched in 2019 in collaboration with Expedia Group, promotes global sustainable travel, community resilience, and heritage conservation. Avani, along with its community, has joined this movement.

Avani, in partnership with Anantara, was the first major hotel brand in Asia to eliminate plastic straws through a pioneering initiative. We have also embraced the farm-to-table movement to reduce carbon emissions. Avani+ Luang Prabang Hotel in Laos has a rooftop garden supplying the hotel kitchen with organic fruit and local herbs. Avani is working on a larger project amidst rice paddies and Avani Pattaya Resort in Thailand operates a hydroponic farm that produces over 22,000 plants, meeting the resort's needs and benefiting the community.

Pack Light

It’s not always easy to decide between that pastel T-shirt and the understated string vest. But packing little can have a big impact! Leaving behind that extra check-in bag not only decreases weight and fuel consumption on the flight, but also makes you more likely to take public transport when you arrive. It’s not only how much you pack, but also what you pack that makes a difference. Remember to include some simple items that will allow you to reduce waste consumption during your holiday.

Surrounded by sparkling water on three sides, Avani Kalutara Resort is a destination where you can see the impact of some mindful packing. Take your multi-use coffee cup to the bar and help to conserve the unspoiled Sri Lankan environment. And sipping a mojito on the water’s edge is all the more gratifying through a reusable straw, especially when the bartender approves of your eco-friendly choices…

Support Local Businesses

Sometimes we all enjoy the comfort of familiar cuisine. But a run-of-the-mill burger and chips don’t have to be your first choice when traditional dishes with locally sourced ingredients are close at hand. Save on food miles and take a stroll to the local market to pick up some seasonal fruit or contribute to the local economy by dining in smaller family-owned restaurants. Not only will you offset your carbon footprint, it’s also a brilliant excuse to try some eclectic specialities.

Making conscious food choices is a meaningful place to start your sustainable travel journey. At Avani+ Hua Hin Resort, over 90% of kitchen supplies are grown locally thanks to the resort’s commitment to working with local smallholders. The property prioritises partners that run ethical, fully sustainable operations to source everything from free-range organic eggs to artisanal products made without artificial colours and flavourings.

Engage in Sustainable Activities

To escape into the wild is something that many of us long for. Luckily for us, a holiday in an area thriving with natural biodiversity can benefit both the eco-traveller and the environment. There’s no better way to relax than an afternoon under the open sky. So let your hair down and reconnect with nature while showing your support for certified reserves in protected areas. The choice to spend an afternoon out in the elements has more benefits than the nice tan you’ll get!

Located in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Avani Victoria Falls Resort gives access to all the wonders of this natural sanctuary. The UNESCO World Heritage Site works tirelessly to protect the native animal population. Walk with the wildlife and experience the natural highs of the Victoria Falls.

Venture Off the Beaten Track

Don’t follow the crowd; the hidden treasures are often the most valuable. Though it can be tempting to try and tick the top 10 destinations off your list over the course of a fast-paced week (or even weekend!), "over-tourism" is a thing and is having a very real impact on many of the world’s best-loved destinations. Why not try something a little different? By choosing less well-known spots, you can captain your own voyage and avoid the ennui of an afternoon spent queuing to climb a keyring ornament.

At Avani Pemba Beach Hotel, the long stretches of white sand don’t allow footprints to remain for long. The tranquillity of the serene shoreline is at odds with the bustle of "on the beaten track" tourist destinations. And there’s no shortage of lively entertainment to be found in Pemba. For an authentic local experience, take to the waterside fish market of Paquitequete which is only one of many gems to be found in the area.

Travel on Land

It’s no trade secret that flying is far from the most sustainable mode of transport. Staying closer to home doesn’t have to be the solution though. Because if distant shores are calling there are loads of other ways to make your trip as eco-friendly as can be. Travelling overland once you reach your destination is sure to show you sides of your destination that you wouldn’t see from high above. Truly immerse yourself in the journey by taking trains, buses, boats, and other public transport options once you arrive.

Travelling by train doesn’t have to mean overpriced coffee and a bad night’s sleep. Take for example, meandering through central Vietnam from Da Nang to Quy Nhon (or back again) aboard The Vietage by Anantara, a charming old-world style carriage that will transport you back in time and to your destination all at once. On arrival, Avani Quy Nhon Resort offers blissful stays in a beautiful beachside setting.

Minimise Water and Energy Consumption

Conserve water and energy consumption by taking shorter showers, reusing towels, and turning off lights and electronics when not in use. Don’t forget to opt for natural ventilation instead of air conditioning whenever possible, too.