With a largely travel-free year almost behind us, we look at sustainable and ethical travel experiences for 2021 that don’t compromise on quality and comfort.
Avid Instagram followers can’t have failed to notice Sir David Attenborough’s arrival on the platform, smashing records and finding a new way to get his message across. For those of us who love to travel, explore and learn, this presents a dilemma. How can we continue to do what we love, without breaking the planet?
Perhaps we need to be more selective. Travel a little less but travel much better. Look at off-setting our carbon footprint, minimising fuel-consumption and selecting destinations that not only give something to us, but also back to their communities and environment.
We have selected a few top picks to get you thinking about how and where you could travel to next year, knowing that you are keeping your environmental impact to the minimum.
Out in Africa
According to our Africa specialist Lucie Thaxter, few places genuinely meet sustainability criteria like Africa. All of the camps that we work with pursue ambitious sustainability goals, usually focusing on the ‘4 C’s’ of conservation, commerce, community and culture.
Due to the ‘low impact, high revenue’ model followed by the properties that we choose, visitors paying conservation fees as part of their safari are actively contributing to the long term management of the people, wildlife and land, to such an extent that it’s equivalent to them carbon offsetting in most places.
Tanzania‘s Dunia Camp is the only camp in Africa run entirely by women and pioneers the advancement of women in a traditionally male dominated society and workplace. Located in the central Serengeti and surrounded by golden savannah, this area sees millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles migrating around the Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara. You might even be lucky enough to watch the vast herds grazing without leaving camp.
Photography credit: Thanks to Asilia Africa
Maldivian Carbon-Neutral Luxury
A long term favourite of our is Soneva Fushi in Maldives. An entirely carbon-neutral resort, it delivers laid back rustic luxe with a focus on the environment. Soneva Fushi Resort was built using environmentally-friendly methods and sustainable materials and this continues with how the resort is run and maintained. However, the resort does this without any compromise on the quality of experience on offer.
Soneva Fushi is everything you would expect from a luxury Maldivian resort. Exquisite beaches, awesome dining, spa serenity, water sports, tennis and cycling, open-air cinema and even an observatory. Guests can also learn how home-grown produce from Soneva Fushi’s Eco Centro and organic gardens are used in the resort, and even pick their own ingredients for the chefs to then magic into a delicious lunch.
Set Sail with Style
Break the mold of the traditional cruise with a Tall Ships luxury experience.
Launching in 2021 and with just 140 cabins, Tradewind Voyages’ Golden Horizon is the world’s largest square-rigged sailing vessel, a near replica of the 1913-built ocean vessel, France II. This ship exudes nautical themed luxury harking back to a bygone era, but with all the latest comfort that you would expect.
Sailing itineraries are based on the trade winds and currents to limit the amount of physical motoring during the cruise. Choose from voyages around the UK, Iceland and Scandinavia, through the Med and on towards the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean. Relax onboard in the luxury spa and enjoy on land shore excursions.
Star Clippers sail to some of the most picturesque and luxurious locations in the world, meaning that not only is your time at sea an inspiring experience, but that destinations you visit along the way are truly incredible too. Choose from three beautiful ships of different sizes and sail away in comfort, style and unadulterated luxury.
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