All hotels, especially independently owned hotels, should strive for the gold standard: net zero carbon operations. Each should strive every year to enhance their sustainability credentials and find new ways to operate in a method that positively impacts the environment and community.
But travelers also share this responsibility.
Not only is it important that we actively choose to stay at eco-friendly accommodations, but we should also go out of our way to ensure all aspects of our trip are as sustainable as possible. This could be swapping short-haul flights for train rides, refusing to visit a destination suffering from overtourism, and spending money at local establishments to ensure the funds support the real-world community living there.
It may only be a single room in an environmentally friendly hotel, but making decisions focused on sustainability can positively impact thousands of people in a destination.
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