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borneo organgutanEvery day is Earth Day at Intrepid, but this month we’ve been counting down to Earth Day 2010 on 22 April and giving you the chance to WIN an Intrepid Travel carbon offset trip in Cambodia!

The competition is now closed and our judges are currently deciding which clever and creative green tip will win. The winner will be announced soon.

WIN 1 trip for 1 person on Intrepid’s 13 day Carbon Offset trip, Cambodia Basix (KRR)

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1. Entry into this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Conditions of Entry.
2. Entry is free and open to all global residents, except where prohibited by law, aged 18 years or older who complete, in full, the entry form available at at the survey page during the promotional period. Employees and immediate families of the Promoter and suppliers, providers and agencies associated with this promotion are ineligible to enter. No purchase is required to enter or win. A purchase will not increase the odds of winning. Void in NY, FL, RI, AZ & where prohibited.
3. The promotion commences 9 April 2010 9:00am (AEST, Australian Eastern Standard Time) and closes the day after Earth Day, 23rd April 2010 at 09.00am (AEST, Australian Eastern Standard Time). To enter the promotion, eligible entrants must post their Green Travel Tip, complete with their email address (not to be viewed publicly) at http://www.intrepidtravel.com/community/blog/?p=311 during the promotional period. No entries will be received by the Promoter after 09.00am (AEST, Australian Eastern Standard Time) on 23 April 2010.
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5. The competition is a game of skill. All eligible entries received will be judged by a panel of appropriately qualified judges at 2.00 pm (AEST, Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Friday 23 April 2010 at Intrepid Travel 11 Spring Street, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065, Australia. The winner will be selected by being judged as posting the most innovative ‘Green travel tip’ at http://www.intrepidtravel.com/community/blog/?p=311. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winner will be notified by email at the email address provided as a part of their post, following the judging (approx. 24 hours) and their name and entry will be published on the same page . In the event of the prize notification e-mail being returned as undeliverable, such prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected from all remaining (non-winning) eligible entries received. Names of the winner (first name, last initial and city/state of residence) may also be announced on the Intrepid Travel website.
6. The winning entry will win a spot for one person on the following trip:
Cambodia Basix (trip code KRR), 13 day ex Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City. This trip is a Carbon Offset Trip. Prize valued at AUD1020.
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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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Consider going vegetarian or vegan for the duration of the trip. Even if you could not eat meat for one day of your trip, you’ll make a big impact for the environment and your pocketbook. Plus, you’ll get to experience how a majority of the world eats!

Virginia Creece / Reply

Keep it light, when I travel I don’t take anymore than I can carry on my back, all I take is bare essentials and that means a couple change of clothes light wear, one pair of shoes, enviro friendly deodorant those crystal bars are good to keep you fresh oh and of course a bar of enviro friendly soap! no make up, that’s right lady’s no make up! I to keep my clothes fresh too by washing them in enviro friendly soap and hang them to dry over night usually in my room or bathroom this works well in warmer climates, not so well if your camping however as long as you can put on a clean change of underwear and shower, washing your clothing is not that essential unless of course you’ve trekked your butt off and have mud from head to toe! 🙂 When I travel I’m there to experience what the world has to offer and keeping it simple is the key….. don’t forget your camera though!


In every country you travel to try to talk to students or school children to explain about eco travellers and globel warming and tell them what you are personally doing to reduce energy waste and increase recycling.Show them photographs of solar panels,solar ovens,low energy schemes in your area etc and explain the problems following the reduction of rain forest and encourage them to set up energy saving schemes in their area.You will always be made
welcome at any school or college if you are willing to give a few hours of your time.

Stephanie Roche / Reply

Volunteer at a school to share your knowledge of being environmentally friendly. Give some funding to support the ongoing development of a program that encourages to throw away rubbish, plant trees, and understand the environment. It is most important to be taught from childhood and it will give your travel and extra level of enjoyment.


I try to only buy unpackaged or fresh foods from local markets and eateries so that I don’t contribute to landfill trash and litter. It’s also a great way to help the local economy and really experience the culture of the region. It’s so horrible to see such beautiful places damaged by soda cans and candy wrappers. Plus, it’s so much healthier to grab a papaya and grilled fish kabob for lunch!


I always try to only buy unpackaged or fresh foods from markets and local eateries so that I don’t contribute to trash and litter. It is also a great way to support the local economy and really experience the culture of the region. It’s so horrible to see beautiful places damaged with soda cans and candy bar wrappers.


There are several things you can do to make yourself an ecotraveler. From requesting to keep your bed linens and towels throughout your say to being conscious of not wasting electricity but turning off all lights and electrical appliances when not using them. The thing that I feel is the easiest and least well known is taking navy showers to conserve water.


Take an “army shower.” Water on, shut off, soap up. Water on, rinse & shut off. Shampoo, water on to rinse off. Quick & easy & just as clean as wasting all that water.


I always bring along my glass water bottle (lifefactory.com) and fill up when possible. I also try to eat local fresh foods- not relying on food that was brought in by ship, truck etc.
And most importantly, I bring a hat so I do not have to shower everyday 😉


I plan on walking today and if the distance is too far to walk, taking the bus and leaving the car at home.


Travel light, travel green travel only with environmentally sustainable companies like Intrepid. Respect the place you are in like it was your own backyard.


Fix on a set of 100 ml bottles for shampoo, lotion etc.and refill them from bigger bottles at home rather than buying travel sizes each time and discarding them.

Carry your cloth bags/reusable bags esp when travelling as then you can not only cut plastic bag use there, hopefully you cna inspire the locals to cut its use too!

Marizen Villamora / Reply

I only use rechargeable batteries when I travel. In that way, I don’t have to frequently buy batteries and throw them out when it runs out of power and at the same time prevent the leakage of harmful chemicals in the batteries which can seep in the landfills and spread toxins which can kills plants and animals.

Natasha Waters / Reply

Respect all destinations as if you were travelling in your own country, weather it be discarding rubbish correctly, recycling what you can, using alternative methods of transport eg walking or bike riding, and lastly opt for the carbon offset that the airlines are now proviing.

Emily Gartland / Reply

Try to buy food that has been produced locally as opposed to packaged food that has been bought in from elsewhere. specifically ao in remote areas where rubbish disposal systems are often non existant and causing harm to the environment. If you do have to buy something such as a soft drink reuse the container for the rest of your trip or crush it and keep a bag in your pack to put rubbish in until you can get to a location where you can dispose of it responibly (ie. somewhere that can process it). If you need sweet drinks on your trip try taking Tang or another powdered cordial. you can use any container or glass and disguises water purification tablets wonderfully!

Jennifer Pickard / Reply

Whenever I travel, besides my own water bottle, I take a giant Chux superwipe – I use this for washing myself where water is scarce [such as Bamboo Island in southern Thailand where we washed at a well] or under the Monastery in Mt Emei where I had a monk show me the hot tap they use. This cloth holds enough hot water to give a really good wash and when squeezed dry can double as a towel. It dries quickly and can be used to squeeze the excess water out of knickers when they are washed. If desperate enough, it can be dampened from your water bottle and used to wash face, hands etc. while on the go.

dr.narendra gemawat / Reply

never waste water, never throw any plastics , do not plug flowers or destroy any vegetations while walking or playing.
carry some seeds from your country and try to saw , with pemision , on the ground or in the vicinity of city or forest
try not to use lots of disposibals ,try to use reuseables

Darian Qureshi / Reply

Reuse your water bottles by filling them up in sinks or water fountains, where possible. Better yet, bring your own bottle and you won’t have to buy any plastic!


Travel light, it saves on fuel, effort and energy… and there is less to lose!


Always carry a compact re-usable bag or sarong in your backpack/handbag. (you can tie the sarong to create a bag, and it also has many other uses!) This way if you buy goods in a local market or shop you can always refuse unnecessary packaging.

Light footsteps all the way!


I pick up discarded trash and will properly dispose of the litter.


Always, always tape your lids of lotions, ointments, etc. when you are traveling saves you time and energy not to mention waste if you bottles leak.


Pick up at least one piece of litter when you are travelling to natural sites.


So basic – but walking! Its really easy to incorporate this when you travel, sometimes you need to get up a little earlier but by saving a few bus/train/tube stops or a short taxi ride, you can see a lot more of your surroundings and if more people did it imagine the difference it would make to the planet! All that is needed is a pair of walking shoes… or in my case jandles 🙂


I use a backpack instead of a suitcase. This gives me the liberty to walk instead of relying on a taxi to transport me and a cumbersome suitcase. I use the guidebooks to find accomodations close to the train or bus station.


When staying in a hotel, I don’t change my towels every day. I bring along my own water bottle also. I like to use travel guides but I exchange them with my friends so they are used many times.


I walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain. For 32 days, I walked – no transportation of any kind. I stayed in Hostels for pilgrims only, and carried everything I needed on my back. I ate at local restaurants for dinner and packed a lunch for the side of the road. The beauty of the countryside was not obscured by vehicles or billboards. The pace allowed me to savour the experience. The fellow pilgrims I met opened my eyes to the world.


Never leave trash or litter. And I always bring a refillable drinking vessel.


I try to group a couple locations in a region in one big trip to minimize air travel. Not only does it help the environment, but it saves money as well, since once you get there you can often use local transportation to get around. For instance, when I went to Egypt I included a leg in Jordan via bus/ferry and it allowed me to see the Sinai peninsula on the way. It can be tough to do with limited vacation schedules, but definitely worth it when you can make it happen. Also, you can piggy back off of business travel and maximize layovers (that same Egypt trip began with a few days in London).


Pack an open and curious mind – the weightless Swiss Army knife of travel! Use it to talk to people and get into local culture; how do they save water/deal with waste/use engery? Learn from what you see and experience and apply it when you get home. Share what you learn with other people and don’t lose your connections with the places you have been. The benefits of tourism to an area can continue long after you leave it; find out what is happening in the places you have been – deforestation, dam building, land clearance etc and use your voice, memories and experiences to campaign to help those affected by exploitation and inappropriate development.

I try not to use plastic when I travel, and always try to re-use my water bottles if at all possilbe.
I also use biodegradable soap for any hand washing that I do. Try to leave each country as it was when you visit and maybe even in some cases a bit better, by disposing of your trash responsibly.

Dilyana Dimova / Reply

I always bring food containers and utensils from home. Usually, I stuff them with tasty and durable food for the outgoing trip to avoid eating overpriced, over-packaged and bland airport food. I usually bring something vegetarian to to comply with meat importing restrictions in many countries.
Once on the road, I buy local produce from markets or tasty local meals which I stash in the same containers. These personal boxes and cutlery give me the comfort of home away from home. Besides, having food with me ensures that I would not end up suddenly hungry and would have to change plans to seek food or pay dear money for so-so food. Saving money is green too!
Finally, on the way home I stash dirty laundry in the empty containers to prevent their smell wafting around and to economize on space.


To me part of being “green” is respecting local customs and making the effort to understand what they are before your trip. Respect for each other breeds respect for the planet.


Whenever I get to a city or tourist site, I research to see if there are any outfitters who offer alternative tours that utilize walking, cycling or even on horseback (provided the equestrian facility participates in minimizing carbon footprints and protection of local flora/fauna). I jump on these types of tours! It might take a little longer to see everything, but this saves on fuel and pollution that big buses or coaches would otherwise expend, not to mention are quieter and allow you to have a good workout while on vacation 🙂 I have seen some the most amazing sights of my life while on such tours in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, China, Italy and Mexico.


always use bio degradable/green animal friendly products especially if you are washing/swimming in waters when away or better still none at all


when travelling to Thailand take along items from home that you intend to keep which need fixing – jewellery, bags, soft goods that you may chuck if not fixed. Also outdated items such as an old sewing machine stuffed in the back cupboard may come to life as a tool for a poor family. My friend had a handmade bag repaired by the roadside in Bangkok in which she got him to create a couple of hidden pockets too! Ideal for a traveller don’t you think. Very very cheap to do.

Alastair Lloyd / Reply

The best ways to travel green: Use a solar panel back pack to charge your phone and camera while traveling (this saves on electricity). If possible travel by bike, paddle boat, on foot or on camel back instead of cars in remote locations (taking in the local cultures as you go). Train and buses in busy towns and cities. Quick showers as well (get wet, then turn off taps, then lather and then rinse), this saves on excess water use (you can even use this water to partially wash/rinse your clothes).


Be inspired by the ruddy friend in the photo (orangatan) for preferred travel style.


Reduce waste and litter- especially when travelling in the countryside where you wont often find trash cans/ waste disposal units. I always carry lots of disposable bags with me in which I can store litter and dispose of it once I reach an appropriate place. Re-use water bottles- refill them wherever potable water is available rather than relying on fresh bottled water.


Be aware of different cultures and wherever possible adapt to their ways of life
Try and learn from any new experience. Travel light and use indigenous transport if possible.
Try and ensure that the money you spend benefits those who have the least themselves. Visit and donate to local charities as they know best how to use funding.
Try and learn a bit of the local language if only to show that you are interested and care.
Smile, as this is an international way of showing that we are all part of the human race.


Bring along tupperwares which are big enough to store sandwiches or adequate portions of rice. So when you order takeout, you do not have to use their plastic/paper containers. Bring along a set of cutlery too instead of using disposable cutlery like chopsticks.

Having picnics at beautiful gardens while travelling is a great way of enjoying the place.


I believe that all the little things add up and I travel regularly and usually stay at 4-5star hotels. I always re-use the towels so that if possible, I use only 1 for the entire stay and when I open the little soaps, & shampoo I take them with me to use again at the next hotel which saves opening more. This not only saves the environment, it is a cost saver for the Hotel.

Alexander Toop / Reply

One of the best, greenest and most sustainable ways of seeing and experiencing the place and culture you travel to is to use local and public transport, and follow the lead of the local people. If you’re in Germany, organise an online car-share as a cheap and easy way to travel and meet new people. In the US jump on a bus or train to see the country side and meet the locals. And remember the best way of seeing a new city is to get outside – walk or cycle and take in the sights and smells. When you need to fly, use accredited carbon offsets to reduce your impact on the environment.


Choose travel companies that use sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, and that support the local culture and economy. Generally this is a much more interesting and enlightening travel experience – for both you and the locals!

use local transport when can take your trash with you to be disposed in a safe place, use local rivers and strems if clean for bathing and washing travel light at most times.


Although this is just common sense, the most important trip accessory is travel insurance.


declare what needs to be declared, eg ( food ). otherwise you could end up paying a fine

Margaret Wilson / Reply

Always take a refillable water bottle with a filter and encourage your fellow travellers to do the same. The toxic waste from discarded water bottles is huge. It will also eventually reduce the number of water bottles manufactured if demand reduces.


When and where ever you travel take the time to not only buy from the locale you’re in but also leave your destination with your support of donating seeds or plants to an organization or give to locals along your travels who could support their own growing for personal use or trade. Supporting local reduces carbon footprints by reducing transportation fees on products sourced elsewhere and giving back in the way of seeds or plants can go a long way to feed and fund extra income to assist families to becoming self sufficient and replenishes the resources you as a traveller will have depleted.

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