FIELDS TRIPS has signed the Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge, to demonstrate our commitment to improving our sustainability score between now and 2030. This is more than a Pledge it is a global movement of like-minded organizations within the tourism industry that believe tourism has a tremendous opportunity to become a force for good and change the world. We recognize that travel comes at a cost to our loyal travelers as well as our featured destinations. Being sustainable sets the path for generations to come. We all need to “DO MORE GOOD” to make a positive impact in our travels.
DO MORE GOOD Initiatives:
- Bring your re-fillable beverage container as we’ll have jugs of water onboard to replenish for your convenience (we are reducing single use plastics)
- We now request No Housekeeping Service in hotels where we stay more then 1 night. You can support this sustainable practice by using your “Do Not Disturb” sign. Hotels want to deliver the best customer service to their guests and make you feel like royalty. But do you really need your room vacuumed every day? Or your towels washed after every use? Reduce the amount of energy and resources that are used for housekeeping activities by hanging up the “Do Not Disturb Sign” outside your door. Just think of the water, cleaning products and electricity you can save. That being said, if you still wish to receive housekeeping services, you can ask the front desk to arrange this.
- June 2023 Completed Carbon Report and Received Certificate of Completion
- May/June 2023 Completed GreenStep’s Pathway to Net Zero Carbon Masterclass
- May 2023 Calculated Fields Trips Carbon Footprint
- May 2023 Attended IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism – ONTARIO: A Regional Event
- March 2023 Committed to SUSTAINABLE TOURISM 2030 PLEDGE
Along the way we’ll share our focus on how we can all be more responsible by making a positive impact in our travels. Each year, we commit to measuring and improving our sustainability performance in the following ways:
- Partner with hotels, attractions and restaurants who are cognizant of sustainable practices
- Continue to utilize the most efficient motorcoaches (as they use the least amount of energy and produce the lowest carbon dioxide emissions per passenger km of any of the transportation modes in North America)
- Measure our carbon footprint and work to offset in a responsible manner
Slow things down by spending more time in one destination rather than trying to cram in visits to every “must-see” place. Consider taking one longer vacation each year instead of multiple shorter trips. Doing so will allow you to more fully experience the destination and build deeper connections. Slowing things down also decreases the amount of emissions that you would be generating by traveling between numerous places. Trust us, you will thank yourself when you return home feeling refreshed, rather than like you need another vacation!
Choose efficient transportation to explore your destination Getting to your destination is just one part of the equation. Unless you brought your car, you will need a way to get around the destination once you’ve arrived.
Instead of hiring a driver or renting a car, be adventurous and opt for public transportation. Ride the subway. Hop on a bus. Take a streetcar. Just note that the efficiency of public transport modes can vary from one destination to the next. While many cities’ bus and rail systems are powered by cleaner fuels or alternative technologies, others still run on diesel or natural gas. In some places, visitors can even hop in electric tuk tuks to weave through traffic jams. Research the different options in the destination you are visiting to make an informed decision.
If you are up for a more active experience, spend the day exploring by bicycle or on foot. If you do rent a car, opt for a hybrid, electric, or smaller car instead of an SUV, pickup truck, or van.
Turn down the AC and heat, switch off electronics High utility bills motivate many people to conserve energy in their homes. But on vacation it’s the hotels that shoulder the cost. This can lead people to be less conscientious about their energy use during their travels than when they are at home. But regardless of who’s footing the bill, our planet will pay the price.The concept is simple. The more energy we use, the more carbon emissions we generate. Whether at home or away, we should do what we can to minimize our energy consumption. This includes turning off the lights, TV, and any other unnecessary electronics when not in use. If you don’t plan to use the mini fridge in your hotel room, unplug it or turn it off for your entire stay.
When visiting a hot climate, it can be tempting to leave the air conditioner blasting while you’re out exploring the destination. But while you’re cooling down your room, the resulting emissions will be heating up the planet. When leaving your hotel, turn off the AC or set the thermostat a few degrees higher. You can also close the curtains to prevent the sun from beaming in all day. In colder destinations, turn down the heat when your room is unoccupied and close the curtains at night to add some extra insulation. Don’t forget to also adjust your thermostat at home before leaving on vacation!
Use the “Do Not Disturb” sign Along with shutting off all of your electronics, there’s another simple action that you can take to reduce the carbon footprint of your hotel stay: put up the “Do Not Disturb” sign. Hotels want to deliver the best customer service to their guests and make you feel like royalty. But do you really need your room vacuumed every day? Or your towels washed after every use?Reduce the amount of energy and resources that are used for housekeeping activities by hanging up the “Do Not Disturb Sign” outside your door.
Eat the local cuisine From seafoods to curries to pastas to vegetables, every destination offers unique delicacies and tasty bites. When eating abroad, take advantage of the opportunity to try all of the local dishes that you can’t get at home. Learn about the traditional cuisine, shop at local food markets, and dine at restaurants that source their ingredients from local farmers and fishers. Do your best to avoid imported foods which must be transported from far away and require more packaging and refrigeration to preserve them along the way.
By eating local foods instead of imported ones, you’ll reduce the carbon footprint of your meal while also supporting the local economy. Plus, you’ll get to experience the local food culture and enjoy some of the freshest cuisine out there!
Reduce Food Waste With all the delicious and exotic food dishes to try, it’s hard not to over indulge while on vacation. But did you know that food production is responsible for roughly one-quarter of the world’s emissions? As forests are cleared to graze cows and grow crops, the carbon they store is released into the air. Food also produces carbon when it’s processed, packaged, transported, and refrigerated; and when we throw our uneaten food away, it creates harmful methane emissions as it rots in a landfill.
When sampling the local cuisine, make sure your eyes are not bigger than your stomach. If you don’t think you’ll be able to finish a dish, ask for a smaller portion or share it with a friend. You can also bring a reusable container and take your leftovers back to your hotel. There are lots of collapsible, travel-friendly containers out there!