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Ethical Travel Insurance

One way you can make your travel more sustainable is by taking out travel insurance from a company that supports ethical causes and/or contributes to carbon offset programmes. We have listed a few below. No doubt the are many more examples -do check that the company you go to has a proper ethical policy, and is not just using carbon offsets as a marketing ploy.

  • Climatesure -car, travel and backpackers insurance that offsets your emissions with contributions to sustainable projects with Climate Care.
  • Cooperative Bank -the bank with an ethical stance -unfortunately they do not seem to do a travel policy, but you can get car insurance that offsets 20% of your car's C02 emissions.
  • Endsleigh Insurance -offers a range of low cost travel insurance policies aimed at students -holiday, annual, backpacker, skiing, gap year, study abroad and extreme sports.
  • Ethical Transport Association -the carbon neutral motoring organisation offers breakdown cover and travel insurance policies.
  • Naturesave -based in Totnes, they offer an annual travel policy that addresses climate change, with 10% of the premium going towards environmental policies.
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Money, currency conversion

When you visit another country, you may well find that your pounds/dollars/euros have a lot of buying power. Use it wisely and support the local economy -buy locally made goods, and use locally run restaurants and hotels -avoid the multi nationals. Make sure you have a good idea of the value of local goods and pay a fair price -paying too much can be as disruptive to a local community as paying too little -people can encouraged to leave traditional agriculture and manufacturing to seek a fortune that isn't there.

Above all else avoid supporting any business that is obviously suspect, for example where it involves exploitation of children or other parts of the community.


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