So that everyone can be a responsible tourist
This is nothing new: tourism, one of the most powerful industries in the world, destroys the planet and the lives of locals. The balance of nature and local life is ravaged by the commercial machine that has become the travel industry. We believe that we must act now, as a company and as individuals, by making better choices and reducing our impact and to promote more beneficial tourism. The choices and conscious actions of everyone today are what will impact the tourism of tomorrow.
It is time to open our eyes and pay attention to how we travel. We can’t change overnight, but we have to start today, together, with the choices we make every day about how we travel. There are simple actions that reduce our impact, and actions that can contribute to more responsible tourism. Join our @WeTravelResponsible community on Instagram and spread the word to share the movement.
HomeExchange has everything it needs to be the most responsible way of traveling. Far from feeding a standardized and destructive tourism with no ethics, it values local tourism and benefits a more egalitarian and circular kind of tourism. Unike other modes of travel focused on earning money, HomeExchange does not create ghost towns. Let's go even further by being more conscious about our modes of transportation and sharing this way of traveling.
An airplane trip causes 1,500 time pollution than an equivalent trip by train, and it is said that aircraft travel could double by 2035! We should all choose our vacation destinations consciously and limit our plane travels. Also, did you know that you can offset your carbon footprint ? Here's how it works : you can donate to a company that invests in an environmental project. This way, you can "balance" out your trip's carbon footprint. Many environmental companies exist, but we have mentioned three in particular at the end of the article. Just a note that this solution is not miraculous and should not be used as an excuse for our polluting actions, but it is a positive and useful action if we carefully choose who we are donating to. HomeExchange decided to offset the company's overall carbon footprint, including exceptional and regular employee travel, as well as energy expended since January 2019. Compensate for your trip's carbon footprints with Cool Effect, myclimate or GoodPlanet.