Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Eco Travel

I came across a blog raising the question, "Would you be willing to pay more for green travel?" The stats at that blog surprised me. I would have expected a somewhat higher number to indicate a willingness to pay more for environmentally friendly travel. After all, I've been hearing all over that eco tours are big business these days. I would have thought that responsible travel would be a farily big priority for frequent travelers, especially as backpackers (a big tree-hugging group) might skew the statistics.

As I read on in the entry, though, it began to make more sense. The reasons those polled gave for an unwillingness to pay more makes some sense to me. I won't go into details (go read the blog post for that), but it began to seem to me that responsible travel isn't going to be achieved by simply waving more money its way. It is going to take more than just a monetary commitment. It is going to need thoughtful planning and consideration. And, really, for many people that just means more hassle.

And of course, if we aren't that willing to spend money, how much harder is it going to be to motivate us to put in the effort?

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Malcolm R. Campbell said...

Perhaps some people view green travel as only affordable by the rich, that is, the same group who can afford to double their grocery bills by buying green everything.

There may be room in this equation, though, for people to show the rest of us how green can become affordable; maybe it costs more, but through planning we can save enough somewhere else to make it work.


hifidel said...

That's a good thought, Malcolm. The more "green" is the in thing, the more it costs. Which is kind of ironic, but still... it's the world in which we live, isn't it?

Some of the responses by those interviewed also seem to point to a lack of trust in so-called environmentalists. It seems a lot of times, one can't know that the money spent is really going to go toward helping to solve the problem anyway. Certainly that would make you think twice about agreeing to pay more, if you didn't quite believe that your money would go to what you intended it to.

Karen Bryan said...

Thanks for linking to my article about green travel. I think main problem is all the confusion over the issue of green travel, you don't know what to believe. If you pay an supposed environmental tax which is not being earmarked for environmental spending, then you feel cheated and become cycnical about the whole issue Also, as you say, when someone travels for pleasure they don't want hassle or to be make feel guilty.

hifidel said...

Thanks for stopping by, enquiries. I really enjoyed reading your article. It certainly brings to light the problems associated with trying to travel responsibly. How do we, as individuals, make a difference when we don't know if we can trust those who spend the money we put into it? That's a tough problem to tackle.

Thanks for getting me thinking about the issue. I always appreciate insightful blog entries like the one you posted.