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As a new decade dawns, the climate is still in crisis, and leisure travel shows no signs of slowing down. Here, award-winning sustainable travel writer Louise Southerden digs through the latest advice in a bid to help us all travel better through 2020 and beyond.
Forget flying cars, robot-run hotels and solar-powered aircraft: The future of travel is sustainable. It has to be, with more of us traveling than ever before. International arrivals reached 1.4 billion last year, two years ahead of schedule according to the UN World Tourism Organization, and the tourism industry is now responsible for eight per cent of global carbon emissions.
The good news? More of us care about doing the right thing than ever before. Almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of travelers surveyed by Booking.com last year believe we need to make more sustainable travel choices to protect the planet.
And, as we head into a fresh decade, there are more ways than ever before to reduce our impact.