Learn about a few of our ongoing sustainability efforts and the way they may allow you to plan your travels  | Intrepid Travel Blog


Carbon offsets aren’t sufficient, so we’ve acquired our sights set on carbon discount and transparency. 

Though Intrepid has been carbon impartial since 2010, and to this present day we carbon offset all our journeys, we all know that offsets alone are merely not sufficient. The truth stays that we generate hundreds of tonnes of emissions annually that contribute to local weather change. That’s why we have now verifiable science-based targets, via the Science Based Targets initiative, to restrict international warming to 1.5C within the subsequent decade.

Having a goal focuses our efforts on actively lowering our carbon emissions whereas making certain we’re clear across the environmental influence of the journeys we run and our work to measure and mitigate that influence. Not just for the sake of the planet – although in fact that’s on the coronary heart of it – we additionally wish to arm our travellers with the data it’s essential to make knowledgeable decisions.

We’re in search of methods to cut back our carbon emissions 

One approach we do that’s by taking a protracted, onerous take a look at our journeys to measure our emissions and establish methods to chop them down. Perhaps not surprisingly, flights are a giant supply of emissions. For 2024, we’re eradicating 18 short-haul flight legs throughout 14 journeys, which is able to have an effect on 400 departures subsequent 12 months alone. By eradicating these flights, we’ll be protecting an estimated 4000 travellers out of the skies for these legs of their journey.  

For instance, on Scenic Vietnam and Vietnam Real Food Adventure, flights from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City will probably be changed with a scenic drive to the seaside metropolis of Quy Nhon (a brand new cease) adopted by an in a single day sleeper prepare to Ho Chi Minh City. 

Scenic Vietnam, earlier than and after flight elimination

On Best of Turkey, a flight between Cappadocia and Istanbul will probably be eliminated, and starting in 2024, teams will journey by street to Eskisehir (a brand new cease on the journey) and later onwards to Istanbul by rail. 

It’s not at all times attainable to search out options to flights, so once we examine an itinerary for alternatives to decrease emissions, we’re additionally contemplating the gap travelled, stops alongside the way in which, journey schedules, security and prices of options. Though we will’t take away the entire flights that stay on our itineraries, we’ve solely simply begun the work to analyze options.  

Every step to cut back emissions makes a distinction 

It goes past tweaking present itineraries. In 2024, we’re additionally kicking off a brand-new Paris to Madrid by Rail journey that solely makes use of prepare journey. You may even add an elective extension to depart from London’s St Pancras Station.  

We’re continually in search of methods to cut back our emissions to satisfy our targets, even when it’s small steps. In Sri Lanka we’re utilizing electrical autos for airport transfers, and we had been the primary within the nation to ever run a visit solely with electrical autos for all transport.  

Seven of our 50 places of work internationally are additionally powered by renewable vitality, together with our workplace in Johannesburg, which lately shifted to 100% solar energy. This shift not solely reduce its emissions but in addition addressed the influence of frequent outages in South Africa’s primarily coal-powered electrical grid. We’ve acquired sights set on making renewable energy the usual throughout all places of work by 2025, although that actually doesn’t come with out challenges.  

Change takes time, and we estimate our emissions will develop this 12 months and subsequent earlier than a discount in 2025. You can learn extra about our progress on our sustainability efforts in our current mid-year local weather replace

We’ve added carbon labels to 500 journeys 

Measuring our emissions isn’t simply one thing that helps us make inside selections round how we run our journeys, we additionally wish to be clear in regards to the carbon footprint you’ll depart once you journey with us. This means that you can make knowledgeable selections about the way you journey and handle your personal emissions. That’s why we lately added carbon labels to 500 of our journeys, together with over 100 top-selling excursions. 

An example of a carbon label on intrepidtravel.com
An instance of one in every of our new carbon labels from Classic Costa Rica

These labels characterize the emissions generated via the lodging, transportation, meals, actions, staffing and operations that go into every journey. A 15% contingency can also be added to every journey’s emissions, to account for something we could have unintentionally missed. The labels don’t account for a traveller’s flights to and from the journey, although many airways and flight aggregators will present this once you ebook. 

Trips that rely extra on public transit or human-powered transport and actions have decrease emissions. On Classic Costa Rica, transport is by non-public automobile and public transit, and travellers keep at a homestay in a quiet agricultural neighborhood, go on jungle hikes and go to the indigenous Maleuk neighborhood to share a standard meal. The per-passenger each day footprint is 12.62 kg of CO2-e. By comparability, Best of Galapagos, which incorporates two needed flights to/from the mainland, is available in at 77.99 kg of CO2-e per individual per day. 

Do these labels imply you must select the Costa Rica journey? Well, no. Have you seen the Galapagos? Much like dietary labels, our carbon labels present info and don’t assign worth to what you select to do with that info. Your journey and meals decisions are as much as you, however when you’re in search of methods to cut back your private footprint, we’ve acquired some strategies

As Intrepid co-founder Darrell Wade instructed Adventure.com earlier this 12 months, “While travel comes with significant costs, there are plenty of benefits to people getting out and experiencing other cultures, experimenting and exploring different corners of the world.” 

One of these advantages could embody a larger probability to tackle a way of stewardship of the planet you’ve been lucky sufficient to discover. 

Living your life on daily basis entails carbon emissions. The objective is to not remove emissions completely however quite to know what yours are and scale back and mitigate them the place attainable whereas nonetheless dwelling a life stuffed with journey and pleasure.  For these of us who like to journey, it’s an important consideration that ought to go into all our life’s adventures. 

To be taught extra about Intrepid’s ongoing sustainability efforts, learn our mid-2023 local weather replace.


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