Hi guys! I’m interested in sustainable travelling and I was wondering how many of you would be willing to pay a little more like 5-10% etc. on your trip if it would be more ecological than the cheapest or I guess normal choice? Or do you think people even care in general about the carbon footprint etc. of their travels?
I am also interested in sustainable travelling and yes, I would be prepared to pay more if it means my impact on the environment is lessened.
However, it is important to recognise that travelling in a more sustainable way does not necessarily invite inflated costs. I'm travelling on a bicycle (no fuel consumption, no emissions), camp as much as I can, get invited to stay with locals often, and prepare my own meals as far as practical. This makes living on the road very cheap.
We travel long term, and try to do so ecologically if possible. We check the carbon footprint if there are different options - surprisingly sometimes it is greener to fly than take trains - and often make decisions based on what is best.
We have recently started to record where we spend more specifically in order to be green, and budget that separately, so that we know how much we spend to be ecological, and aren't subconsciously deterred by the cost. Our plan is that any leftover 'green' budget at the end of the year will go towards carbon offsetting or other green causes, like solar power etc.
We also do a lot of Airbnb and house sitting for accommodation, which is greener, because it means we just share the existing carbon footprint of an existing home, rather than helping create a new one in a hotel.