With Earth Day 2023 just around the corner, we’ve asked Peter Chapman, General Manager of Marketing and Sales at Reflections Holiday Parks for his top five travel tips to reduce your carbon footprint. 

1. Choose eco-friendly accommodations, these accommodations will often have eco-friendly features such as energy-efficient lighting, low-flow showerheads and recycling programs. Many of our cabins and tiny homes at Reflections Parks are eco-friendly; this is something we are incorporating into our newer accommodation builds for future projects,” says Peter. 

2. Consider using public transport or walking/cycling instead of renting a car. If flying interstate is a must, try looking out for airlines that have implemented sustainable practices or offer carbon offset programs. This can often be found while you checkout!

Environmental travel tips

3. Pack light: Something you might not think affects your carbon footprint but it does! Take this into consideration before adding in that extra pair of hiking boots as the more weight on the plane, the more fuel it needs to burn according to GreenGuides.net when it comes to sustainable travel.

4. Support sustainable tourism: Choose tour operators and activities that support sustainable practices, such as responsible wildlife tourism, cultural tours, or eco-tourism. Peter states, “Reflections Holiday Parks is the only holiday park in Australia that has a Social Enterprise certification meaning we reinvest into our 36 holiday parks and 43 community Crown reserves, which are vital habitats for animals and plants, as well as being treasured playgrounds for regional communities and visitors,” says Peter.

5. Bring a reusable water bottle and coffee cup to avoid using disposable items. This is something Reflections Holiday Parks always reiterate to their campers on site to reduce, reuse and recycle.