Green Your Travel
Your travel choices make a difference! By choosing socially and environmentally responsible hotels, tour operators and transportation, you can ensure that your trip contributes to conservation efforts and the well-being of communities.
Sustainable Vacation Resources
Visit our SustainableTrip.org to find sustainable hotels, tours, restaurants and car rental agencies in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Looking for a sustainable tour operator? Choose a member of our Tour Operators Promoting Sustainable Tourism (TOPS) initiative.
Find out which airlines have embraced sustainability.
Ten Questions to Ask Before You Book
- What is your environmental policy?
- What percentage of your employees are local citizens?
- Do you support any projects to benefit the local community?
- Do you support conservation? How?
- Is your business certified?
- Have you won any eco-awards?
- Are you recommended by any reputable NGOs or conservation groups?
- What sorts of policies have you implemented to reduce water consumption, conserve energy or recycle wastes?
- How do you educate visitors about local natural areas, wildlife, energy conservation, and local culture?
- How do you monitor these practices?
Once You Arrive at Your Destination...
At the hotel: Ask about environmental policies and practices. Talk with staff about working conditions. Does the hotel support community projects?
Language: Learn a few words of the local language and use them.
Dress: Read up on local conventions and dress appropriately. In many countries, modest dress is important.
Behavior: Be respectful of local citizens' privacy. Ask permission before entering sacred places, homes or private land.
Photographs: Be sensitive to when and where you take photos/video of people. Always ask first.
Environment: Respect the natural environment. Never touch or harass animals. Always follow designated trails. Support conservation by paying entrance fees to parks and protected sites.
Animal products: Never purchase crafts, clothing, furniture or other products that are derived from members of protected or endangered animal species.
Pay a fair price: Don't engage in overly aggressive bargaining for souvenirs. Don't short-change on tips for services.
Buy local: Choose locally owned lodges, hotels and B & Bs. Use local buses, car rental agencies and airlines. Eat in local restaurants, shop in local markets and attend local events. That way money spent in the community stays in the community.
Hire local guides: Enrich your experience and support the local economy. Ask guides if they are licensed and live locally. Are they recommended by tour operators?