The planet is currently experiencing a climate crisis. At Not In The Guidebooks, we recognise that all individuals and businesses have a responsibility to address global warming, and it is our vision that Not In The Guidebooks can play a part in protecting the environment for future generations.
Tourism, in particular, is on the front line of the fight against climate change in more ways than one. It is set to become one of the most heavily impacted industries on earth due to the effects of global warming.
As an industry we are set to face challenges including but not limited to: ski resorts losing snow, popular coastal areas becoming submerged, and a steep decline in biodiversity all over the world. These examples will result in a reduction in tourism in such regions, and it is the locals who live there set to be hardest hit, both economically and socially, by our ever-changing environment.
Whilst tourism is certainly a victim of climate change, we cannot overlook the part that the tourism industry plays as a contributor. As an industry it is responsible for around 8% of global emissions, putting the very regions it relies on, and the people who live there, under threat.
However, tourism makes up almost 10% of GDP globally, and employs hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Many of these people live in areas that are almost solely reliant on tourism to achieve social mobility and a comfortable quality of life. To simply call a halt to tourism may help reverse some of the negative environmental impacts it has on the planet, but it would be catastrophic for these communities.
It’s clear then that travel needs to change, and at Not In The Guidebooks, we recognise that fact. On this page, we’ll outline our commitments, both environmental and social, that are dedicated towards making travel benefit everyone – from travellers to locals, and future generations to come.
Our work is based on three core commitments:
We have taken a number of steps to minimise, with the aim to completely eradicate, our effect on the environment, whilst still providing travellers with incredible experiences.
Not In The Guidebooks are incredibly proud to say that we have recently achieved Travelife Partner status, showcasing our commitment to not simply talk about issues around sustainability, but to take real action where we can by integrating sustainability strategy into our everyday operations.
We also take a number of steps to ensure that no matter when you travel, your experience complies by our minimum sustainability standard, which we have outlined for you below:
There are some holiday and experiences that we will never promote, in order to ensure no matter what experience you travel on with Not In The Guidebooks, you are travelling in a responsible manner.
Combatting climate change starts with knowing the steps we can all take to join the fight to save the planet.
Travel can be used as a method of raising awareness about vulnerable natural environments, and how desperately they need protecting. By showcasing areas of natural beauty, we aim to inspire our travellers to make sustainable choices that help protect the natural world. As well as this, Not In The Guidebooks is in a unique position to communicate with both travellers and tour operators alike, so we aim to provide both consumers and hosts with information on sustainable travel.
Whether that’s how you can reduce your consumption of single-use plastics on your holidays, where you can travel by train, or how you can limit your carbon footprint when flying, we try to raise awareness on how the tourism industry can limit its impact on the environment, as well as eventually become a tool in the fight against climate change.
With Not In The Guidebooks, you can be certain that your experience contributes to the local economy that you are actually visiting.
We work with small, independent operators who live in the area and employ local people, boosting general quality of life by providing these employment options. These hosts have a vested interest in supporting their community and protecting their local culture and environment, as generally these aspects of a destination are the commodities that attract tourists in the first place, providing vital income for local economies.
Therefore, they curate experiences that limit the damage on their local environment, with the money that is spent being injected into the local economy, going to the people who actually live in the area, and in some cases towards schemes designed to protect the natural world you are getting a glimpse of.
In the next year we are committing to taking further steps to help in the ongoing effort to prevent climate change:
Click to see our full NITGB Sustainability Policy