Pick your destination wisely
Staycations and locations that are closer to home obviously reduce your transport-based footprint. For New Yorkers we've found places to rival The Hamptons; Parisians can head to these weekend getaways, while Londoners have plenty of beautiful stays less than two hours from the city. Wherever you live, there's plenty more inspiration online. But if home turf no longer floats your boat, consider countries that are working in harmony with their environment. Namibia's conservation and anti-poaching work set them apart from other safari destinations, while Costa Rica's focus on ecotourism has seen hotels like Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Pacuare Lodge sexing up sustainability.
Research your destination carefully. Visiting countries that have a water shortage will put strain on the community, though travelling to an area recently struck by a natural disaster may help boost the local economy (and spirit). When you're visiting tourist-popular natural wonders such as Iceland's Gulfoss Waterfall or Phi Phi in Thailand, be mindful of how you behave. It sounds simple, but don't touch coral and always put your rubbish in the appropriate bin - it's alarming how much irresponsible tourism goes on, often due to ignorance.