Getting around from day to day and going on holiday make up a huge chunk of most people's carbon footprint.

Follow our tips below for sustainable tourism and travel, and reduce your carbon footprint from the trips you make, whether at home or away.

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Your car

When it’s time to change your car, go shopping with carbon emissions in mind.

If an electric car or hybrid isn’t for you, you could go for a car with low emissions.

Newer and smaller cars tend to have lower emissions, but check the manufacturer’s website because it’s not always that simple!

Lower emissions often mean better fuel economy, so you’ll save money on your fuel bills, too.

Holidays & travel

Planes at Manchester AirportHolidays can make up a big chunk of your personal carbon footprint. In fact, tourism overall accounts for about 8% of the world’s carbon emissions.

It’s a game of two halves:

  • How you get to your holiday destination
  • Where you stay and what you do when you’re there

Most of your holiday’s carbon footprint comes from getting there.

OK, let’s get the obvious one out of the way first… flights. They are the biggie when it comes to your environmental impact. A return flight from London to New York could make up almost a quarter of the average person’s annual emissions.

The answer isn’t to take more short flights instead. They produce more CO2 per mile, because of the amount of fuel used for taxi-ing, take-off and landing.

Aviation is becoming a lot more energy efficient, but the fact remains… if you really want to take a bite out of your carbon emissions, take fewer flights.

If you really want to compare the carbon footprint of an overland journey versus a flight, it’s a bit tricky. And you’d have to decide whether you include hotel nights and other incidentals that an overland journey might require, for example. We haven’t found any online tools that would help, but there’s a good article about this on the Seat61 website: Trains vs Planes.