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TRAVEL CONSCIOUS: LONELY PLANET TACKLES TRAVEL’S CARBON FOOTPRINT

Want to travel without the excess baggage of guilt? Well now you can with Lonely Planet’s carbon neutral tours

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We’re coining a new phrase: WWGD, or ‘what would Greta do?’ By Greta we’re of course referring to the Greta, Greta Thunberg - the adolescent climate change activist and TIME’s most influential person of the year. As we’re currently swimming in January blues, naturally our office procrastination implores us to open a new tab to search ‘2020 holiday destinations’ every 15 minutes. But in doing so, many of us are struck with a sudden pang of guilt, knowing that frivolous travel is costing the environment. So, WWGD? I hear you ask. Surely, Lonely Planet’s newly-launched carbon neutral tours!

As a part of a partnership with travel operator Intrepid, which has operated as carbon neutral since 2010, travel and adventure platform Lonely Planet has launched a series of tours ideal for those wishing to explore the world with a minimal impact on the environment. And there’s definitely a market for it: in a survey Lonely Planet reportedly found of its 7,500 community, 68% said that they care more about sustainability than they used to, with a further 35% saying they actively factor in sustainability when planning a trip. Interested? Here’s everything you need to know so you can proceed to see the world guilt-free.

BUT WHAT’S ON OFFER?

A whopping 200 day tours, 133 multi-day trips, which span over 60 countries - all of which are organised and operated by Intrepid. Within these tours, which range from two hours to 20 days, there will be exclusive Lonely Planet recommendations to keep you off the beaten track, and discounts on its guidebooks are offered, as well as free access to the app.

HOW ARE TOURS SUSTAINABLE?

The tours, which host a maximum of 16 people, use local transport and support local independent business.

WHAT IS INTREPID?

Intrepid is a leader in responsible tourism, it works closely with Offset Earth, an organisation that plants trees in Kenya to offset carbon emissions. 

BURO.’S PICK?

From India to Italy, there’s a plethora of tours for every budget. If we’re going big, we’d see the cherry blossoms in Tokyo in spring, taking the nine-day Japan express trip (costing from £1,395). If we’re opting for a day trip - the two-hour tour of Las Vegas’ vintage is right up our street (from £34).

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