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Travelling responsibly

  • For more than 10 years, Transat has been increasing its initiatives in sustainable tourism to positively impact local populations and to enrich the experiences of its travellers. You also can contribute to the protection of other countries’ precious resources and cultures.

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Eight tips on travelling responsibly

You don’t need to sleep in a hut or travel a country by bike to respect the planet and its inhabitants. There are simpler ways to make your holiday as sustainable and memorable as possible, no matter the destination, type of accommodation or activities.

Here's how...

  • 1. Choose green accommodations.

    Look for hotels that are certified and recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, as they contribute to the protection of the environment and to the well-being of local populations.

  • 2. Travel light.

    The heavier the aircraft, the greater its fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. By lightening your luggage load, you help minimize the impact of your flight on climate change.

  • 3. Connect with the locals.

    Why not learn about the local customs and a few words in their native language? That will be a sure way to build stronger bonds.

  • 4. Use your destination’s resources sparingly.

    Water, electricity and fuel are vital, so reduce your consumption to help conserve them.

  • 5. Encourage the local economy.

    Participate in touristic activities that benefit the inhabitants. For example, buy souvenirs from local artisans and artists, hire local guides for your excursions, and frequent bars and restaurants operated by locals.

  • 6. Respect your hosts.

    Wear clothing that honours their local customs, and ask for permission before taking their photos. Also, the local standard of living may be lower than yours, so practising a little humility about your own belongings goes a long way.

  • 7. Protect the natural and cultural heritage.

    Do not litter, bring back corals or stones from heritage sites, venture into areas closed off to the public or buy souvenirs made from threatened species. This way, you help ensure that future generations can benefit from this heritage for a long time.

  • 8. Avoid any type of exploitation.

    Ask for reasonable services and pay a fair price. No matter where you go, respect human rights and protect kids and teenagers from any type of exploitation, such as prostitution or sex tourism.