As Christmas rolls around at the end of a bizarre year, it’s a great time to reflect on what has, for most of us, been a year of reflection. At Not In The Guidebooks, travel restrictions and lockdowns have meant we’ve had plenty of time to consider how we can have a positive impact on the world around us.
Back in spring, during the first lockdown, locals witnessed first-hand the effects of a sudden stop to tourism. In Venice, the canals cleared and wildlife returned as cruise ships stopped looming into the harbours. In the northern Indian state of Punjab, locals could see the Himalayas gleaming on the horizon for the first time in decades, as air pollution levels dropped dramatically.
Clearly, a lack of travel benefited the planet for a short period of time, highlighting the importance of the travel industry changing for the better, and making sure that when we travel, we do it in the right way.
The team at Not In The Guidebooks has come up with a wonderful way for you to reduce your impact on the environment this Christmas, and help those close to you travel in a responsible way.
A Holiday Driven by Consumerism
Christmas is, unfortunately, a time of the year that produces a huge amount of waste, whether that’s from consumers or businesses.
We chuck away 30% more waste as a country around the festive period when compared to any other time of the year. When you consider the amount of food and drink consumed and the amount of gifts we wrap, send, and potentially throw away after a relatively short period of time (admit it, we’ve all been there) it adds up to a massive load of rubbish piling its way into landfill.
In fact, each year, the UK spends around £700 million on unwanted presents, with 114,000 tonnes of plastic packaging finding itself thrown out.
Both businesses and individuals need to start looking at alternatives that reduce the waste that we produce. So, this year, why not treat a loved one to a unique experience, something they’ll remember for years to come, and something to look forward to after a year of travel frustration?
That’s where our Not In The Guidebooks Christmas vouchers come in.