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Sustainable Moments

Responsible travel minimizes negative impacts, brings economic benefits to host communities, and preserves the cultural and natural resources of the destinations. Responsible travel is about more authentic holiday experiences that enable you to get a little bit more out of your travels, and give a little bit more back to destinations and local people; maximizing the benefits and minimizing the negative impacts of travel. For more information about See Monterey's Sustainable Moments initiative click here

Sustainable Moments



  • Choose an eco-friendly tour operator or accommodations
  • Consider local conservation or social projects that you could visit or support during your trip
  • Buy local goods and produce instead of imported goods
  • Hire a local guide
  • Do not buy products from endangered species, hard woods or ancient artifacts
  • Respect local cultures, traditions and holy places
  • Use public transport, rent a bike or walk when convenient
  • Bring a reusable water bottle and shopping bag to reduce the amount of one-time use plastics
  • Always leave a place better than the way you arrived, this includes “pack in, pack out” and “leave no trace” practices
  • When you leave your hotel room, turn off the lights and all electronics
  • Consider leaving the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door so that housekeeping staff won’t clean your room every day
  • Stick to marked trails to avoid harming native flora, and consider taking a bag to pick up trash along your hike
  • Take time to immerse yourself in the local music, art and cuisine
  • Embrace the cultural differences that make it unique


Each of our destinations is unique with its own tips for sustainable travel. Click on the links below for  tips on how to travel like a local expert specific to each area.


Sustainable Moments Videos