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10 Ways to Travel with Purpose and Responsibility

Traveling is one of the most enriching experiences we can have, but it also comes with a responsibility towards the environment, local communities, and cultural preservation.
As a company specializing in tour programs in Portugal, at Portugal Green Travel, we believe in the importance of traveling with purpose and responsibility.

In Portugal Green Travel, we believe that traveling can be a transformative experience not only for travelers but also for local communities and the environment.

  1. Meaningful Travel

Delve Deep into a Destination with a Focus on Creating Lasting Impact. Getting to know a place well can bring additional benefits to the traveler, the local community, and the environment.

Fado de Coimbra
Coimbra Fado at the Old Cathedral, Coimbra

      2. Sustainable Tour Operator

If you’re planning to book your next trip with a tour operator, choose carefully. There are many operators that offer fantastic cultural and nature immersion experiences while ensuring positive social and environmental impacts on the destination and local communities. Portugal Green Travel – DMC works daily to ensure that its programs have a positive impact on the territory.

      3. Sustainable Accommodation

All types of accommodation can be sustainable, from a hotel to a family-owned guesthouse, if you seek the right certifications. Family-owned guesthouses support the livelihoods of local communities and contribute to the local economy. Staying in a hotel helps maintain jobs and create opportunities. Many hotels adopt sustainable practices such as waste management, optimizing water and energy consumption, and involvement in social and environmental causes.

Ria de Aveiro
Moliceiro in the Ria de Aveiro

   4. “Light and Smart” Luggage

Strive to travel as light as possible to reduce the impact of your luggage on carbon emissions. Every extra kilogram of luggage requires additional fuel consumption. Travelers should also include items in their luggage that help reduce plastic waste, such as a reusable mask, a refillable water bottle, a water purifier or filter, a reusable bag, and their own personal hygiene products.

   5. Sustainable Destination

Consider exploring your destination responsibly. This option is the most environmentally friendly and budget-friendly, and can also be enjoyable.

Baloiço na Serra da Lousã
Swing in the Serra da Lousã, Coimbra

   6. Locally Sourced Foods 

Choosing restaurants with locally sourced foods, visiting markets with local producers, and food stalls will not only help support local communities and their economies but also allow you to reduce the environmental impact of your meal.

  7.  Positive Social Impact

Choose a destination that will benefit from your trip! Make your journey one of discovery, sharing, but also of added value for the destination you visit and for the local population!”

Cabras na Serra da Lousã
Goats in the Serra da Lousã, Coimbra

  8.  Preserving Animals and Nature

Visiting exceptionally beautiful natural sites and observing wildlife are good reasons to travel. To ensure a positive impact on animals and biodiversity at destinations, visitors should seek tours that respect wildlife and maintain a safe distance from any animals. Tourists should ensure they only participate in attractions that treat animals properly and do not negatively affect their well-being. To avoid incentivizing wildlife exploitation, products from endangered species should not be purchased.


  9.  Respecting Culture and Traditions

Being a responsible and conscious traveler involves genuine appreciation and respect for the local culture of the destination. Travelers should be sensitive to the traditions of communities and be mindful when visiting historical sites, ensuring they follow all codes and rules of social behavior.

Animais na serra da Lousã
Animals in the Serra da Lousã, Coimbra

   10. Responsible Waste Management

The traveler should include items in their luggage that help reduce waste, such as reusable water bottles. However, they may not always have reusable items on hand when dining out or shopping. In such situations, they should request, whenever possible, water bottles made of glass and try to use fabric bags. Use items as much as possible! Not only is it better for the environment, but by doing so, the traveler is also helping raise awareness among those around them. We inevitably produce waste, so when the traveler does, they should ensure that they dispose of it properly.