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
- 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.
Insurance -offers a range
of low cost travel insurance policies aimed at students -holiday,
annual, backpacker, skiing, gap year, study abroad and extreme
-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.
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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