5. Seek out local experiences
By prioritising programs, activities and tours that are locally-owned and operated, you’ll be making sure your tourism dollars are injected back into the community. If you can, consider companies that promote zero waste or carbon-neutral experiences. Eco-certified tours across Australia are a great way to engage businesses that are committed to sustainable practices, with certification backed by Ecotourism Australia. Slow doesn’t have to mean boring either, with eco-certified platypus paddles, nature tours and snorkelling with dolphin experiences throughout Victoria.
6. Incorporate your everyday sustainable habits
Remember to pack the sustainable micro-habits you use in your everyday life when you go on vacation. Switching off lights, minimising air-con use, recycling and looking for plastic-free options are all ways you can build a more planet-friendly lifestyle while travelling. Looking to bring a reusable bottle on your journey, as well as prioritising locally-sourced or region-led produce are two other excellent ways of embodying a more deliberate approach to slow travel this spring.
7. Reconnect with nature
Trips with nature at the forefront are inherently more sustainable, as long as you leave nature as you found it. Victoria is filled with an incredible bounty of natural treasures, from hidden waterfalls to sand dunes, and lush green rainforests to stretches of sandy beaches. When you're deciding how to get to your hike, tour or swimming spot, consider using an electric car, carsharing or taking public transport and bikes where possible.
8. Shop vintage and local
If you’re looking for distinctive gifts to bring home with you after your trip, shop local. By selecting souvenirs and one-of-a-kind wares from local creatives and First Nations-led artists, you’ll be eschewing fast fashion in favour of quality, sustainable fabrics.