Sustainable Travel
How to Explore the World while Protecting it for Future Generations

Sustainable travel is an essential concept that encourages conscientious tourism that minimizes its impact on local communities and the environment, preserves the culture and heritage of a place, and maximizes the benefits for everyone involved. If you are a traveler, you can help promote sustainable travel by following some simple tips.

Our practice is to choose a responsible tour operator or lodging that values sustainability and environmental responsibility. Support local businesses and economies by buying local products and services and utilizing public transportation or walking.

Reduce your carbon footprint by packing a reusable water bottle and shopping bag, and limiting your use of plastic. You can also reduce waste by selecting eco-lodging that recycles and composts.

Support conservation efforts by visiting national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Ensure that your experience does not interfere with the animals’ natural behavior and habitats, such as not disturbing coral reefs or disturbing endangered species.

Sustainable travel requires a conscious effort, but its long-term benefits make it a worthwhile and rewarding way to explore our world.


For Thorne Travel, it’s about caring for the world we live in and respecting the people, places and animals we may encounter during our travels.

  • Comply with all applicable international and local laws and regulations.
  • Minimise the negative impact on the environment.
  • Comply with animal welfare standards outlined in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and in ABTA’s Animal Welfare Minimum Requirement.
  • Do not discriminate against employees.
  • There should be no form of forced labour or violation of human rights.
  • Wages must meet or exceed legal minimum and/or industry standards, with no illegal or unauthorised deductions from wages.
  • Working hours of employees must be in line with the legal requirements and/or industry requirements.
  • Do not allow or tolerate any child prostitution at premises and facilities.
  • Actively purchase locally-produced goods in preference to imported ones wherever reasonably possible.


Here are a few easy, simple tips to help become a responsible traveller.

  • Book the most direct route possible. Most flight carbon emissions are emitted during take-off and landing. We will offer this to you as our first option.
  • Take a reusable cotton bag with you, which you can take to local markets. This will help tackle plastic waste – and you can use it for the beach, too. We also recommend taking a reusable water bottle to reduce plastic waste. Avoid straws as these destroy wildlife and have a most impact on turtles.
  • Dress appropriately in places of worship and remove your sunglasses when talking to people, as this is often considered bad karma around the world . A sarong should be packed as an essential as it can be used in various ways to ensure you do not offend.
  • Learn about local customs, traditions and a few words of the local language before you travel. This can also save you some money as locals respect you for taking the time and will help in your bartering.
  • Always ask before taking photos of others and avoid having your photo taken with any animals used as photo props, as this encourages captivity.
  • Remove and recycle excess packaging before you pack your suitcase to avoid simply throwing it in the bin while on holiday. This will allow you to use your local recycling facilities.
  • Support eco-friendly initiatives during your stay, such as reusing towels and turning off the air-conditioning and lights when you’re not in the room.
  • Make sure you’re buying locally-made souvenirs rather than mass-produced items that have been imported. Avoid items made from endangered animals or ivory and never take away ‘natural’ souvenirs you find, such as shells from the beach.
  • Eat in local restaurants and choose locally-branded drinks rather than imported big named brands.
  • It often feels tough, but try to avoid giving money to beggars. If a beggar earns more than someone who works for a living, this can boost the practice and cause economic problems. We would also discourage giving money to children, as this may encourage parents to stop sending their children to school.

There are a thousand things you can do to be a responsible traveller, why not ask us at Thorne Travel.

Our Suppliers

Cruise lines are leading the way toward a more sustainable future, investing in innovative technologies aboard global fleets of cruise ships.

Cruise lines are realizing the benefits LNG now as a transitional fuel— which has virtually zero sulfur emissions, a 95% to 100% reduction in particulate emissions, an 85% reduction in NOx emissions, and up to a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions—and increasing the number of ships that are able to utilize LNG for primary propulsion.

Sustainable Marine Fuels and Propulsion
The cruise industry is at the forefront of exploring sustainable marine fuels, including biofuels and other advanced approaches such as biodiesel, methanol, ammonia, hydrogen, and electric batteries.

Hybrid Solutions
More than 15% of the new vessels to be launched in the next five years will be equipped to incorporate fuel cells or batteries, as part of a hybrid approach towards lowering the carbon footprint of the voyage.

Shoreside electricity
Cruise lines continue to make significant investments for cruise ships to connect to shoreside electricity—with the vast majority of new ships coming online between now and 2028 able to plug in to shoreside electricity.

98% of global capacity currently on order book through 2028 of the new build capacity is either committed to be fitted with shore-side electricity systems or will be configured to add shore-side power in the future.

Where can cruise ships connect?
Currently, 29 ports worldwide have at least one cruise berth equipped with onshore power—representing less than 2% of the world’s ports where that capability is provided in at least one cruise berth in the port.

Supporting these environmental technologies are a sea of supporting innovations and practices that are helping the cruise industry sail to a greener future:

  • Exhaust gas cleaning systems that improve air quality at sea and in port
  • Air lubrication systems for ship hulls to reduce drag and fuel consumption for greater efficiency
  • Energy-efficient engines that consume less fuel and reduce emissions.
  • Advanced recycling systems and practices that allows some ships to recycle 100% of waste
  • Special paint coatings for ship hulls that reduce fuel consumption by up to 5%
  • Installation of tinted windows, higher efficiency appliances and HVAC systems and windows that capture and recycle heat
  • LED lighting – lasts 25 times longer and uses 80% less energy
  • Advanced wastewater purification systems

Find out more about how MSC Cruises are committed to sustainable travel

Find out more about how Royal Caribbean are committed to sustainable travel

Find out more about how Celebrity Cruises are committed to sustainable travel

Find out more about how Silversea Cruises are committed to sustainable travel

Find out more about how Virgin Voyages are committed to sustainable travel

Environmental Policy


Thorne Travel recognises that it has a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods, with regular review points. We will encourage customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to do the same.


Shona Thorne Director is responsible for ensuring that the environmental policy is implemented. However, all employees have a responsibility in their area to ensure that the aims and objectives of the policy are met.


We endeavour to:

  • Comply with and exceed all relevant regulatory requirements.
  • Continually improve and monitor environmental performance.
  • Continually improve and reduce environmental impacts.
  • Incorporate environmental factors into business decisions.
  • Increase employee awareness and training.


  • We will minimise the use of paper in the office.
  • We will reduce packaging as much as possible.
  • We will seek to buy recycled and recyclable paper products.
  • We will reuse and recycle all paper where possible.
    Energy and water
  • We will seek to reduce the amount of energy used as much as possible.
  • Lights and electrical equipment will be switched off when not in use.
  • Heating will be adjusted with energy consumption in mind.
  • The energy consumption and efficiency of new products will be taken into account when purchasing.

Office supplies:

  • We will evaluate if the need can be met in another way.
  • We will evaluate if renting/sharing is an option before purchasing equipment.
  • We will evaluate the environmental impact of any new products we intend to purchase.
  • We will favour more environmentally friendly and efficient products wherever possible.
  • We will reuse and recycle everything we are able to.
  • We will reduce the need to travel, restricting to necessity trips only.
  • We will promote the use of travel alternatives such as e-mail or video/phone conferencing.

Maintenance and cleaning:

  • Cleaning materials used will be as environmentally friendly as possible.
    Materials used in office refurbishment will be as environmentally friendly as possible.
    We will only use licensed and appropriate organisations to dispose of waste.

Monitoring and improvement

  • We will comply with and exceed all relevant regulatory requirements.
  • We will continually improve and monitor environmental performance.
  • We will continually improve and reduce environmental impacts.
  • We will incorporate environmental factors into business decisions.
  • We will increase employee awareness through training.
  • We will review this policy and any related business issues at our monthly management meetings.
  • We will involve staff in the implementation of this policy, for greater commitment and improved performance.
  • We will update this policy at least once annually in consultation with staff and other stakeholders where necessary.
  • We will provide staff with relevant environmental training.
  • We will work with suppliers, contractors and sub-contractors to improve their environmental performance.
  • We will use local labour and materials where available to reduce CO2 and help the community.


Working together making small changes we can make our world a better place to live.