"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list."
Susan Sontag.


We did some research recently into the price of flights to various destinations around the globe. Whilst some long-haul prices are still fairly high, the cost of getting to lots of destinations has fallen, and prices can fluctuate quite a bit due to promotional sales and external factors.

It's never been easier or more desirable to get away, and most people have the occasional daydream about jetting off to a far away place that has white beaches, azure blue seas and a warm climate. With the issue of global warming, even travelling in Great Britain could mean a nice, warm and sunny break (although to be fair, the British weather is more likely to be a case of rain roulette than if you were to jet off to The Maldives!).

Considering the planet:

The problem is, much as we might love the idea of going away on holiday, it's always a bit of a dilemma in terms of consideration for the environment. According to a 2023 report from the International Energy Agency, in 2022 aviation accounted for 2% of global energy-related CO2 emissions. Passenger and cargo movements by plane has grown faster in recent decades than rail, road or shipping.

How can we balance the need to take a break from our busy lives against caring for our planet?

Top tips for travelling sustainably:

1. Choose eco-friendly accommodation: Many hotels and apartment complexes (both at home and abroad) are recognising the need to have, or be working towards eco-certification. Sustainable measures such as energy-efficient lighting, water-saving measures and waste reduction processes are becoming the norm, rather than the exception. You could also consider eco-lodges or an AirBnB stay -sometimes these can also be cheaper options.

2. Support local and sustainable tourism: During your trip, try to engage in activities that promote local culture and benefit the economy of the community. Choose tour operators and guides who prioritise environmental conservation and responsible tourism practices.

Avoid activities that exploit, or exhibit cruelty to wildlife or contribute to environmental destruction; you can still observe wildlife from a distance and try to ensure that you don't knowingly purchase products made from endangered species. If in doubt, don't buy it!

3. Conserve energy and water: It's easy to turn off lights and air conditioning when leaving your accommodation, but consider taking shorter showers, and reusing towels to reduce the environmental impact of your stay. Most hotels and accommodation will encourage you to do this anyway, but be mindful of the small ways in which you can make a difference.

4. Use public transportation or eco-friendly transport: Where possible, opt for public transport, walking, or cycling whenever possible to reduce carbon emissions (always keep your safety in mind, though). If you absolutely have to rent a vehicle, try to choose a hybrid or electric option if it's available to you.

5. Offset your carbon footprint: Many airlines are now offering carbon offset programmes that give you the opportunity to support projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Alternatively, get yourself an Ecologi account, or something similar, and invest in reforestation and eco-projects around the globe.

6. Pack light and be smart with reusables: Minimise the use of single-use plastics by taking a refillable water bottle, reusable shopping bag, and metal straws. SNOAP sell a range of 'On The Go' accessories which are perfect for travel; they take up less space, there is no single-use plastic pollution and the SNOAP solid soap bars are long-lasting and luxurious.

Remember to always respect local customs, traditions and religions, whether your travelling long-haul or planning a staycation. If you're using the SNOAP 'On The Go' products on your holiday, don't forget to post your pics and tag us on social media. Keep spreading the SNOAP word!

Have a great holiday! Until the next time,

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