Here at Explore, responsible travel is very close to our hearts and, following our recent survey of both the general public and our Explore customers, we’re proud to say it’s close to yours too.
With conversations about issues like plastic use and energy consumption intensifying, our habits at home are increasingly being adapted to conserve energy and minimise waste. However, it seems that these habits are being neglected once we’re on holiday.
Our recent survey revealed that your average Brit is 50% less likely to recycle when on holiday than at home, and 60% less likely to conserve energy or water. When it comes to the average Explore customer, though, over 90% continue to turn off unused lights, appliances and taps when they’re overseas.
As well as acting responsibly, the research revealed that the vast majority of our customers like to ‘keep it local’, with 97% choosing to eat in traditional restaurants whilst on holiday. Over 80% cited experiencing local cultures and religions as an important factor when deciding on a holiday abroad, compared to just 38% of the general public. We’re big advocates of keeping it local in this way, and Explore trips feature local hotels and homestays, and recommend local restaurants, meaning a more authentic experience for the traveller and direct economic benefit for the communities visited. Win-win.
From choosing a holiday to habits and behaviour abroad, Explore customers are leading the way in responsible travel. However whilst our customers are definitely thinking and acting more responsibly then the average Brit, there is always room for improvement. So Explore has introduced a 12 point Pledge for its staff, partners overseas and customers, outlining a few little tips for travellers to minimise any negative impact on the destination they visiting, and to ensure they’re always welcome back.