Responsible Travel Responsible travel checklist
- What is the Greenlife Fund?
- Responsible travel checklist
- Environmental Travel Policy
- I'll Push You
- Mossy Earth Reforestation Project
- Trail Warden Education on the Burren Way
- The Great Camino Clean-Up
RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL CHECK-LIST
If you are interested in ecotourism and the environment please feel free to use our responsible travel checklist. This checklist allows you to assess how responsible you were during your tour.
- Did I travel responsibly?
- There was interaction with the local people
- The Tour gave economic benefit to local people
- The Tour minimised its impact on wildlife and the environment.
- Did you visit any school or Responsible Travel project?
- The hotels were locally owned.
- Meals were taken and purchased at locally owned restaurants/shops.
We recommend that you follow a leave no trace attitude when you are going on one of our tours, see below for some responsible travel tips:
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
Respect any signs, regulations, policies and special concerns for the area that you plan to visit.
Ensure you have the skills and equipment needed for your activity and to cope with emergencies that could arise.
Check the weather forecast and always be prepared for changing weather conditions.
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS
Respect the people who live and work in the local areas.
Take care not to damage property, especially walls, fences and crops.
Keep noise to a minimum.
If you hire a car as part of your journey ensure that you park appropriately – avoid blocking gateways, forest entrances or narrow roads.
RESPECT FARM ANIMALS AND WILDLIFE
Observe wild animals and birds from a distance.
Avoid disturbing them, particularly at sensitive times: mating, nesting and raising young (mostly between spring and early summer).
Don’t feed wild animals or birds – our foods damage their health and leave them vulnerable to predators.
Dogs should be kept under close control and should not be brought on certain trails without permission. Some public areas stipulate that dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.
TRAVEL ON DURABLE GROUND
Durable ground includes established tracks and rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
IN POPULAR AREAS
Concentrate use on existing tracks.
To avoid further erosion, travel in single file in the middle of the track even when wet or muddy.
IN MORE REMOTE AREAS
Disperse use to prevent the creation of new tracks.
Avoid places where impacts are just beginning to show.
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
Dispose of litter in an appropriate manner.
If you don’t find bins when you are on the trails bring litter back to the hotel with you to dispose of it.
Many accommodations we work with recycling facilities for rubbish collection.
Wash yourself or your dishes 30m away from streams or lakes and if necessary use small amounts of biodegradable soap.
Bring home any solids and scatter strained dishwater.
For more details about the Via Francigena and our Italian ways or to book your trip, contact our travel specialists.
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