Travel Differently are clear that we are facing a climate crisis, and so have joined Tourism Declares, the Future Of Tourism, and are founding signatories of the Glasgow Declaration, three initiatives that pledge action in the travel industry to publicly recognise and combat the threat that our planet faces.
At Travel Differently we are clear that tourism can have either a profoundly positive or negative impact on the planet, it's ecosystems, it's wildlife, and it's people, depending on whether sustainability and science are put ahead of profit and short-term gains. With the climate crisis becoming increasingly obvious and immediate in its threat, we want to state publicly that we recognise the emergency, and pledge to work with the wider travel industry in tackling the threat.
The first part of our commitment is to combine the crucial necessity of carbon reduction with science-based carbon offsetting on all our trips equivalent to 150%, plus an additional donation towards emerging carbon capture technology.
The cold reality for travel-lovers is that we must reduce emissions by flying less often. We decided to limit ourselves personally to one flight-based trip per year, but also to go for longer and explore more by land when we do travel.
This is why as a company we don't arrange trips of less than 12 days if they involve flights, and encourage longer stays when time and budget allows.
We automatically offset not just flights but also land transport on our trips, using accredited schemes through Sustainable Travel International. These projects combine carbon offset initiatives with crucial sustainable development work.
Your travel documents will include a breakdown of estimated emissions for the trip, and a certificate showing where these have been offset.
It is becoming apparent that simply reducing and offsetting carbon emissions isn't enough to halt tourisms impact on the climate emergency. We also need to remove much of what has already been released into out atmosphere.
That is why we have partnered with Tomorrow's Air, a travel collective supporting Direct Air Capture technology, as a third and longer-term tool to help tackle the crisis.