Travel and tourism is undoubtedly one of the world's important drivers of wealth and job creation. Yet the continual growth in travel means we all need to think about our impact on the environment.
"Take only pictures, leave only footprints," is an ethos that is more relevant than ever. While taking a flight for holidays is controversial these days, there are still ways we can minimise our impact and make travel more sustainable.
Reduce waste and avoid plastics - I recall when I first visited the Maldives almost 20 years ago, we were asked to take plastic and non-organic waste that we had created back home with us in our suitcases - that meant plastic water bottles, shampoo bottles, exhausted batteries etc. That's not the case now, and the Maldives are truly struggling with waste management as landfill is impossible.
Spend locally - as global corporations control more of the travel infrastructure, from airlines, to hotels, look to spend locally, like buying produce or foods at markets, or choosing handicrafts that are genuinely made locally.
Protect the oceans - sunscreen is very damaging to the oceans and coral reefs, so next time you purchase sun protection, look for products that are 'reef-safe'.