If (like us!) you’re concerned about what we are doing to our beautiful planet and sustainable travel is important to you, let’s go through our top tips to reduce the environmental impact of your honeymoon.
Keep it local and make it worthwhile!
So while we don’t mean going to the hotel down the road, going to destinations near your own country can save on air travel pollution. Live in Europe? Then consider one of the enchanting European or Middle East destinations. Live in Australia? The incredible destinations of Asia and the Pacific islands are (kinda!) right there. In the USA or Canada? The Caribbean and Central America are outstanding (you get the picture)!
Of course, many couples want to visit a new exotic destination in a faraway land, so if your dream destination is across the other side of the world, make it count and go for a longer period and maybe even take in another destination to make your honeymoon a multi-centre vacation.
As many destinations are breaking under the weight of overtourism another thing to consider is choosing a sustainable honeymoon destination is a great idea (we’ve got some of our favourite destinations for sustainable tourism here).
There is no sugar-coating things, air travel is one of the worst instigators of the climate crisis! But we don’t want your honeymoon, this once-in-a-lifetime bucket list trip, to be racked with guilt! There are things you can do. Consider an economy class or premium economy ticket over business or first class. Choose to fly direct where possible and consider choosing a company to carbon offset your flights.
One of our favourite ways to support the environment is by planting native trees in your country. Some of our favourites are TreeSisters (Global), Wolfgang Reforest (Ireland), Trees for Life (Scotland), Woodland Trust (England) and Reforest Now (Australia).
Where to sleep
When choosing accommodation, the jury is out on private rentals vs hotels. Hotels support local jobs, whereas private rentals are playing a part in the housing crisis in many cities across the world. Whatever you decide, simple things like reusing towels, and turning lights / TVs/ air conditioning off when you leave the room is a good idea. Booking.com has a feature where you can filter Travel Sustainable properties. Look out for hotels that use local produce, shun plastic, support local charities and protect surrounding marine systems.
Choose environmentally friendly toiletries such as bamboo toothbrushes and reusable cotton pads. Packing refillable water bottles, reusable straws, menstrual cups, and reef-friendly sunscreens are all solid choices. Choose high-quality luggage that will last you for years. Of course, it’s so nice to have some new things for your honeymoon but maybe reconsider that huge fast fashion haul and choose to buy clothing that may last you a few anniversary holidays at least! Invest in timeless, like-new pieces from re-sellers like Vestiare Collective, Depop and eBay.
Here at The Honeymoon Guide, we absolutely adore rail travel (see our most romantic train journeys for honeymoon here). Getting around on public trains is a wonderful way to experience a destination. Airport-city trains are often more convenient (and cheaper!). Travelling by group may not be for couples who want privacy and exclusivity. However, if you’re thinking of some adventure travel as part of your honeymoon, tour companies like G Adventures are a great option. They care about the impact their guests have and can be a great way to pack lots in. You get to support local communities while having a wonderful life-changing travel experience.
Taking a walking tour or a cycling tour of a city is a fantastic, low-carbon way to explore your destination! You may even pick up some insider tips from your local guide.
Eating & drinking
A little research into where to dine and what to eat can enrich your honeymoon experience. Eating local cuisine is not only better for the environment but you are supporting local growers and fishers in your destination.
The quality of the food is higher. You may even discover something new you can recreate at home, so in years to come will take you back to your newly wedded bliss!
Buying locally made goods has such a tremendous impact on the local economy, supporting small businesses and communities.
Seek out beauty products and food items from local creators and growers and handmade souvenirs and clothes, jewellery, homeware from local designers.
Most tourists are much savvier these days. Being conscious of your interactions with wildlife is so important to protect them.
Never ride an elephant, or swim with enclosed dolphins. A little research can really go a long way. It’s important to support conservation efforts. Safari lodges and national parks are at the forefront of preventing poaching and habitat destruction. Your tourist dollars and how they are spent is so important!
We really hope this information is useful as you plan this trip of a lifetime! Let us know in the comments if sustainability is important to you! If you’ve picked up more tips while wedding and honeymoon planning, we’d love to hear them!