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Studies show that tourists are also willing to pay more to travel sustainably. A survey published in 2021 found that more than half of visitors to a small Indonesian island were willing to pay up to $7.50 extra per night for green-certified hotels.

So how do we minimize the environmental impact of our post-pandemic adventures abroad?

CHOOSE REGIONAL DESTINATIONS

A simple way to minimize the carbon footprint of your vacation is to minimize travel time. This would mean choosing nearby destinations when planning a trip.

According to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Carbon Emissions Calculator, a return trip from Singapore to London generates 933kg of CO2 (carbon dioxide), about one-eighth of Singapore’s average annual carbon footprint. a Singaporean.

On the other hand, a round trip to Bangkok produces 183 kg of CO2. While emissions per mile flown on short-haul flights generally exceed those on long-haul flights, less time in the air equals less carbon pollution overall.

How you fly also determines how much you emit. According to UK government data, compared to an economy class passenger, a business class passenger emits three times as much CO2 per kilometer travelled, while a first class passenger emits four times as much. Improved seats take up more space and therefore represent a greater part of the pollution of the plane.

Other benefits of regional getaways include saving money, travel time, and jet lag. If you want to visit somewhere far away, consider an extended vacation and commute to other cities by public transport during your stay.

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