Here at Better Places Travel we take sustainability seriously. We compensate 100% of all carbon dioxide emissions produced by your international flights and transportation, accommodation and activities within the destination—all at our own cost. Below are some resources to make responsible transportation choices that won’t break the bank.
Choosing a flight
You can book your flight directly through an airline or on one of the many flight comparison sites. Your local travel expert will then make sure the travel plan works within your arrival and departure schedule. Below are a few comparison sites we recommend:
We also recommend searching for your ideal flight through FlyGRN. This comparison site will show and (partially) compensate for the CO2 emissions of your flight, making it even easier for you to choose a lower-emissions alternative.
Below are some tips to keep in mind when booking your flight. You can also ask your local travel expert for help. They will always keep your travel wishes in mind and adjust the itinerary accordingly.
Tip 1: Flights are often significantly more expensive during busy periods like Christmas and summer holidays. If you’re thinking of travelling during a busy season, book your flights as early as possible.
Tip 2: You can reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of your flight by choosing a direct flight and the shortest route. This will also save you time. A direct flight has a much lower environmental impact than the same trip with transfers. A direct flight is a flight that might make a in-between stop, but without a transfer. A non-stop flight is a direct flight without an in-between stop or a transfer. Read more about reducing carbon emissions here.
Tip 3: Choose a environmentally friendly airline. When you buy a washing machine or car, it can be quite easy to choose the most CO2 efficient option. Choosing an airline by the same criteria can be much more difficult. There are large differences in the efficiency of airlines. Find out more about climate conscious flying and airlines here.
Tip 4: Pay attention to not only the price but also the transfer times and locations when booking your flight. We recommend at least a two-hour window for flight connections in case of delays.
Tip 5: Travelling through another country? Keep in mind you might need additional travel documents, such as a double entry visa. If you are travelling through the United States and you’re not a citizen, make sure to apply for a visa waiver through ESTA. We would advise you to do this at least two weeks prior to departure.
Tip 6: If you’re thinking of flying out of a different airport than you’re flying into, click on the “multi-city” instead of “return trip” option.
Whatever your route, make sure to pass along your flight details to the local travel expert so he/she can optimize your travel proposal.
Better Places travellers make use of various types of transportation during our trips, including public transportation, boat, bicycle, camel, and by foot. It’s often possible to use private transport, especially when travelling to remote locations, giving you the freedom to make unplanned stops when you feel like it. Train travel is a great way to meet locals, so the local travel experts will try to include this option when possible, and in accordance with your preferences.
We recommend you limit, or avoid, domestic flights during your travels. Not only is it better for the environment, but you get to see more of the country when travelling by land or sea, at a much more leisurely pace.