We all know we need to put more effort into making our travel sustainable through going local, ensuring the experiences we book are respectful and sustain the local economy and by being more mindful to live in an eco-friendly way. Without this, we’re in danger of damaging some of the best loved locations in the world beyond repair. If you’re not sure where to start when booking your next trip, get on Instagram. There’s a plethora eco travel Instagram accounts waiting to offer useful tips and inspiration on all things sustainable travel.
@greensuitcasetravel is all about treating countries we visit with the respect they deserve and making the effort to counteract the huge impact that air travel has on the planet - something that Misty and her team of eco travellers are trying to instil through example.
@i_like_local is an independently run, responsible travel marketplace that allows you to connect with local hotels, restaurants and experiences and make direct bookings, thus ensuring that 100% of the money is paid to them. This helps the local communities of popular travel destinations thrive and affords the time and money to take care of their environment.
For the past few years, Bret and Mary have building a loyal following of people looking for eco-friendly destination inspiration. Highlighting the best in sustainable experiences, @green_global_travel is a great resource for those looking to make their travel more eco friendly but don’t know where to start.
With both a passion for travel and the environment, @charlieontravel trots the globe in search of educational and enlightening local experiences. Through her blog, she offers helpful hints and little travel guides, so you can follow in her footsteps on your own adventure.
Wendy loves to go local whilst on her travels, from staying in independent hotels to eating local produce - all to ensure that the people who live in the places we visit actually benefit from our tourism. From breathtaking landscapes to an enviable wardrobe, she does it in style, too: @nomadicfare
Christine and Jules - the couple behind @dontforget2move - prioritise sustainability when planning new adventures. They try to avoid areas that are overrun with tourists and try to choose experiences, activities and places to stay that will directly benefit the locals and surrounding environment.
Throughout Irine’s colourful page you’ll find unique photo compositions and enlightening captions - all of which she uses to school her followers on the best ways to live sustainably whilst travelling. @where.Is.Irine knows a lot about local legislation and helps bring the eco-plights of different locations to the forefront of people’s minds - all in the hope that, if they travel there, they’ll be as mindful as possible.
Bianca - the woman behind @thealtruistictraveller - is something of an archeologist. She unearths local experiences and captures the magic of them on her Instagram page. Bringing together a spiritual mindset with practical tips for more responsible travel, her page will have you hankering to discover new places and experience lives totally different to your own.
Writer: Bianca Barratt