SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL: MORE THAN A BUZZ PHRASE
In light of Earth Day over the weekend, I’ve been reflecting on ways we can all become more Earth-conscious travellers throughout the year. Fortunately, sustainability has become a driving force for the way resorts, restaurants and even airlines are improving their practices. Whether the beaches of Florida or the fine dining of Europe is calling your name, I’m sharing plenty of exciting travel ideas on my radar — and ways to elevate your trip sustainably.
To your next getaway,
Duncan Greenfield-Turk, VCTA
SPARKING ECO-FRIENDLY TRAVEL
The future of planet-friendly travel has every opportunity to be bright, as hotels, airlines and destinations tap into new technologies and practices. Many studies suggest cost and knowledge are the main barriers that prevent people from making more responsible travel decisions. But with the right information and an allied advisor in your corner, choosing responsible travel decisions can actually enhance your next vacation.
SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD DESTINATIONS ACROSS EUROPE
Let’s be honest — sustainable ingredients just taste better. It’s why “farm-to-table” is no longer a niche concept, and why connoisseurs travel for eco-friendly dishes. Restaurants around Europe are sourcing sustainable seafood, and these restaurants take the concept to a level we can all appreciate.
APONIENTE, EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARÍA, SPAIN
Situated in a 19th-century tidal mill inhabited by myriad species, Aponiente is a seafood lover’s paradise. Ángel León, fisherman-chef, serves two tasting menus showcasing the freshest, most sustainable ocean produce, including fiddler crab, albacore, plankton and goose barnacle.
THE PEARLS OF MONTE-CARLO, PORT DE FONTVIEILLE, MONACO
Tucked away at the end of the pier in Port de Fontvieille, “Les Perles de Monte-Carlo” is an oyster bar that offers seafood directly from its park. Launched by two certified biologists, this casual yet enticing restaurant has become a favourite sustainable hangout for locals and visitors alike.
KØDBYENS FISKEBAR, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Visitors rave about this restaurant’s fresh seafood, easy-drinking wines and delicious cocktails — all set in the rustic setting of Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District. Kødbyens Fiskebar boasts its commitment to local and sustainable products, as well as retailers who share the same values.
FOUR SEASONS: A GATEWAY TO THE SUNSHINE STATE
Dine at Palm Beach’s flagship restaurant Florie’s, which focuses on nature-driven cuisine by using the freshest hand-picked ingredients including herbs from an on-site garden. In Orlando, experience the Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando which is certified by the National Audubon Society as a wildlife sanctuary. Lastly, when in Miami, Surfside or Fort Lauderdale, engage in educational tours at local, natural, cultural, historical or heritage sites to learn more about the local community.
BOOK HUMAN FOR ECO-FRIENDLY RECOMMENDATIONS
When travel advisors guide your vacation, we seek out sustainable options, leveraging expertise and resources to identify resort properties that complement your values. I can recommend hotels and dining experiences that prioritize sustainability practices, such as reducing their carbon footprint, conserving water, supporting local communities and minimizing waste.
Additionally, many airlines are increasingly aware of the importance of sustainability and take steps to reduce their environmental impact. I’d love to hear about the causes and factors you care about most, so we can book your getaway with confidence.