Travalyst’s Travel Tips

May 9th, 2022

Together with travel operators around the country, we’ve created these ten simple tips to help you be more world-friendly when you’re out and about.

Support local

  • Support local businesses and communities by buying from small business owners, family owned shops, and farmers markets.
  • Take the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of each region’s culture, seeking out local operators, guides and experiences.
  • Spread the word about the manaakitanga (love and hospitality) you received while at a local place.

Travel with Tiaki

  • Travel with an open heart and mind, taking the opportunity to learn about Māori culture, history and stories that contribute to our national identity.
  • Travel with care and consideration embracing local culture and community wherever you travel.
  • Tiaki means caring for people, place and culture wherever you may be. Understand more about tiaki at

Look after nature and wildlife

  • Stay on the paths and tracks, and respect local instructions and signage.
  • Be aware of local wildlife and fragile habitats, refrain from feeding them or leaving food.
  • Offer kaitiakitanga (guardianship to the sky, land and sea) by respecting and conserving the earth. You can do this by reducing your footprint, taking part in a native bush or tree planting drive, or participating in a conservation awareness project.

Stay at sustainable accommodation

  • Check the sustainability credentials of your accommodation provider before booking to see what initiatives they are implementing. Good signposts to look for are Zero Carbon itineraries and the Qualmark, B Corps and Toitū certification marks.
  • Find accommodation that is self-sufficient or grows its own produce, like campgrounds that have community gardens. 
  • Green hack your stay by hanging up towels to reuse, not having your room serviced everyday and returning maps to the front desk to be reused.

Choose sustainable tour operators and experiences

  • Research and choose businesses that support their own communities and environments, and educate travellers. 
  • Support operators committed to “regeneration”, making sure that for every visitor there’s a by-product benefit to the environment and society.  
  • Spread the word about your experiences to promote the operators you supported.

Be responsible for your waste

  • Act as a kaitiaki (guardian) and pick up after yourself and don’t litter, especially in nature. 
  • Choose recycling and compost options wherever possible.
  • Always use available toilets and facilities when out and about, and if self-contained camping look for large facilities to dispose of waste. 

Try sustainable transport alternatives

  • Go electric – most car hire companies have the option and most destinations have available charging stations, as well as e-bikes or e-rides.
  • Choose people-powered options like biking or walking to explore an area or share transport with ride-sharing and group transport options. 
  • When choosing air travel opt to pay the extra to offset your carbon emissions.

Use less

  • Holiday like you’re at home by avoiding single use items where possible and bringing your own refillable bottles and keep cups.
  • Use less towels and linen to save water and energy, and take leftover toiletries with you or they’ll be thrown out. 
  • Rather than buying something for your holiday, see if you can rent, borrow or reuse equipment.

Slow down

  • Instead of planning a trip around quantity, plan to stay longer in your destination and swap quantity of experiences for quality.
  • Give yourself time to form an authentic connection to nature, people and culture.
  • Travel off-peak to reduce the impact of over-tourism and spread the benefits to local economies year-round.

Be an activist

  • Select an active holiday and contribute your time to a conservation effort or local community initiative.
  • Small actions add up to a big difference, be an active participant in caring about how you travel.
  • Embrace kotahitanga (togetherness) by leaving a review that sings the praises of operators making great strides for people and the planet.

Imagery: Tim Marshall