Why Interrail is your greenest choice
What’s not to love about travelling? It broadens your horizon, connects you with people from all over the world and can leave you in a state of awe. Additionally, if you travel by train you're helping to save the environment - because train travel is as green as it gets!
Ecotourism is good for the planet
It's no secret that the environmental impact of the tourism industry has contributed to climate change and global warming. Carbon emissions produced by tourism are significant, so mindful initiatives that encourage people to travel in a way that protects our planet's natural resources make a big difference. Simply choosing to travel by train for sustainability reasons is an excellent step in the right direction.
Responsible travel supports local businesses
Small choices you make while travelling can make a big positive impact on the local economy of any place you visit. By looking beyond destinations and activities that are draws for mass tourism, you can look for small-scale operations run by local people that will help you support local communities and get a more authentic taste of the culture. This counts as much for shops, bars and restaurants as much as is does for tours, landmarks and even the cities you visit. Choosing a city with a lower number of tourists can help you discover things you'd never come across in a big city suffering from overtourism.
Sustainable tourism benefits you as a traveller
Whether it's the crisp, cool breeze of the mountains or the salty spray of the sea, there's something regenerative about taking in a deep breath of fresh air. Getting out in nature to relax or to exercise, or explore can do wonders for your well-being. Taking things slow lets you observe more culture and more beauty than you ever could in a hurry. Being mindful about how you travel also makes you feel good because you know that you're caring for natural resources, for others, for future generations and yourself!
How often do you consider economics when thinking about sustainability? Did you know that this is the key to making a tourism venture sustainable for generations to come? Overseas investors often own the mainstream hotel chains and shops, which doesn't fully sustain the local economy—as most of the revenue trickles into offshore banks instead. And this is not sustainable. Not only should the local community be involved in tourism, but they should also benefit from running their own businesses, fair wages and ethical practices.
That's why it's so important to purchase locally made items wherever possible to support local enterprises.
Sustainable tourism by train in Europe
We know you care about the planet (we do too), and that's why the future of train sustainability is Interrail. By travelling by train, we can lower our carbon footprint so we don't have to feel too guilty about leaving imprints on beaches and hiking trails. We can save money on transportation and have more left over to support local businesses. We can speed up happiness when we slow things down. We can see so much more when we Go one stop further.
With 33 countries, over 40,000 destinations, and responsible tourism built in, Interrail has all the stops to take your curiosity further.
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