When it comes to travel, one of the most important considerations to make is how we can all make our trips as sustainable as possible. We all want to experience the astounding beauty of the world around us, but if we’re to preserve its wonders, we all have to do what we can to protect the environment and people alike.

If you’re interested in what we do at The Bucket List Company to improve our sustainability – and what you can do as an individual to make your travels more ethical – keep reading.

Our sustainability profile

Here at The Bucket List Company, we are committed to continually improving our sustainability profile as a company. As a relatively new independent travel operator, this is an ongoing process for us of identifying viable opportunities to increase our sustainability and integrating this into our small-scale operations.

Whilst it would be impossible to communicate our entire sustainability protocol here, there are a few key things we do to make The Bucket List Company as “green” as possible:

  • We endeavour to minimise our printed communications by providing all necessary information to our clients in digital form, whether that be through emails, PDF downloads or our Vamoos app. Printed communications are kept to the essentials.
  • On our trips and training weekends, we do not use disposable plastic items for our food and drinks.
  • Alongside this, we also strongly promote the use of reusable water bottles by all of our Bucketlisters. We provide guidance and assistance in finding the most sustainable products for your trip.

The nature of group travel also allows us to reduce the carbon emissions associated with our trips, as all of our clients are on one single flight, rather than each taking their own individual transport to reach our destinations.

We are passionate about ensuring that our trips leave a positive impact on not only our clients themselves, but also the communities we visit and work with in-country.

For all of our trips, we work with the best in-country providers to create amazing trips that will leave our clients with unforgettable experiences. Using local DMCs and guides is beneficial to both our Bucketlisters and the local community itself – we get superior insight and experience from guides who have grown up in the area; the local community is supported through the accommodation we use, the restaurants we visit and much more.

As well as working with in-country operators and supporting local businesses, we also try to make our trips as ethical as possible by:

  • Ensuring our recommended tipping rates are in line with in-country providers’ recommendations
  • Working with local schools in Tanzania and Chile
  • Taking our Bucketlisters to visit local charity initiatives, such as the Women’s Skills Development Institute in Nepal.
  • Including extra days either side of our treks and experiences in local towns, allowing clients to connect with the local culture – and invest money in the area.

Looking forward

As we all know, when it comes to sustainability, the work is never done. At The Bucket List Company, we’re always looking towards the ways in which we can improve our “green” profile.

We soon hope to switch all of our (already limited) paper communications to recycled envelopes, and we are also researching how we might be able to introduce carbon offsetting.

Sustainable travel tips

As travellers, we are all responsible for making well-informed choices during our trips in order to minimise our environmental impact. If you’re looking for ways to make your travels as ethical as possible, here are a few basic tips to get you started:

  • The main thing you can do to reduce the environmental impact of your trip is to off-set the carbon from your flights. The easiest way to do this is by visiting the Climate Care website. Here, you can enter your flight details and see how much carbon you need to off-set, and how much this will cost. The website also features methods of buying ‘carbon credits’ which are invested in environmental projects to combat carbon emissions – such as reforestation to increase carbon dioxide absorption from the atmosphere.
  • When you go trekking in another country, you will usually need to filter your water before drinking. To avoid the use of disposable plastic bottles, we highly recommend you use a reusable filtering bottle, such as a Water-to-Go bottle, which automatically filters water as you drink it through the lid system.
  • Make sure you bring all of your rubbish “back down” to the nearest town when you are trekking, so it can be properly processed.
  • If you are going on a trip that involves camping, bring along eco-friendly cosmetics, such as biodegradable soaps – and make sure you wash at least 100 metres away from any natural water source if washing outside!
  • Try to invest in eco-friendly, long-lasting equipment and clothing for your travels.
  • Always respect the local flora and fauna when you are travelling, keeping your distance as much as possible. We also recommend travellers avoid riding on mules or camels in foreign countries unless necessary for health or safety reasons.
  • In order to ensure you are behaving ethically and respectfully towards your hosts, be mindful of locals and their cultural customs when you are travelling – whether this means dressing modestly or adhering to certain cultural etiquette.
  • Try to support local businesses as much as possible during your travels by eating at local restaurants and buying your souvenirs and essentials in local shops and markets.