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Why coach travel is the safest way to tour

Recently updated on November 27th, 2023 at 03:35 pm

Planning your next travel adventure? You’ve probably chosen your destination, your activities, or even your packing list… But have you thought about how to get around? From cars and trains to planes, boats and buses, you’ve got plenty of options. So what’s the safest and most responsible way to go? Trafalgar’s custom luxury coaches are not only super comfortable, spacious and reliable – they’re also the best way to travel, for you and the planet. Read on to find out why you should choose a guided coach travel experience on your next trip.

Is coach travel safe?

We’re all thinking about how to prioritise our health and wellbeing on our future trips – and that includes how to stay safe on coach travel experiences. At Trafalgar, we’ve introduced enhanced hygiene practices and physical distancing* measures on all our coaches to ensure the wellbeing of guests and team members. Here are all the ways we’re making Trafalgar’s coaches safer for our guests:

Sanitised coaches

We’ve always sanitised our custom luxury coaches before the start of your trip. Now, our coach hygiene practices are even stricter, following guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and government regulations. We’ve trained our drivers on the latest hygiene protocols and they clean and disinfect the coaches every day. That includes all surfaces in the coach, like seats, handrails, door handles, tables, overhead lockers and air-conditioning filters.

Trafalgar staff sanitising the coach

Physical distancing* procedures

We’ve changed our group sizes in accordance with government distancing requirements. So, you’re guaranteed to have your own personal space on Trafalgar’s luxury coaches during your trip. 

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Hygiene equipment for guests

Along with keeping our coaches sanitised, we also have sanitiser freely available onboard all our coaches for guests to use. While we ask that you bring your own face masks and hygiene products, we also have additional face masks, antiviral wipes and spray, and rubber gloves available for guests on all trips.

Trafalgar staff with hygiene equipment on board the coach

Expertly trained drivers and Travel Directors

All our drivers and Travel Directors are highly trained in our strict hygienic travel and physical distancing procedures. You’ll see them advising and ensuring that high standards of hygiene are maintained during your trip. We’ve also trained our teams to follow procedures if any unexpected situations arise. 

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Is coach travel green and responsible?

Coach travel isn’t just better for you – it’s also better for the environment. As the effects of climate change continue to impact our lives, more people are considering environmentally friendly travel. We know that increasing greenhouse gas emissions are linked to climate change and that transport like aeroplanes and cars have a large carbon footprint. 

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So what is the most eco-friendly way to travel and reduce your carbon footprint? The answer is guided coach tours; where a larger group of people travel on one greener vehicle, as opposed to many vehicles. The average coach journey produces 0.04 tonnes per 1,000 miles, compared to the average car which would produce 0.29 tonnes of CO2 per 1,000 miles. Travelling with a group coach tour can also be greener than trains when travelling domestically, as national rail services create 0.07 tonnes of CO2 per 1,000 miles per passenger.

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Trafalgar’s commitment to low-emission coaches

This all means that the most eco-friendly way to travel is by coach. And it gets even greener when you travel on Trafalgar’s guided coach tours, as we’re investing in low-emission coaches as part of our commitment to the five-year How We Tread Right (HWTR) sustainability strategy. The strategy was developed by our parent company, The Travel Corporation, and is dedicated to leaving a positive impact on the planet, people and wildlife through 11 goals that are tied to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 11 goals relate to issues such as climate change, sustainable food production, responsible consumption, overtourism, diversity and inclusion, and animal welfare. 

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We’re already taking action on these goals, including Goal 1 – to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 or sooner. As part of this goal, Trafalgar is committed to offsetting all business travel by 2022. And as part of the UN Climate Neutral Now Initiative, Trafalgar is also working to achieve carbon neutrality across all trips by 2030 or earlier. We’re also no longer selling plastic water bottles on Trafalgar coaches in North America and Europe and aiming to be completely single-use plastic-free by 2022.

Our guided coach tours are not only safer for you, but they’re also the most environmentally responsible way to travel. So next time you’re planning a trip, do yourself and the planet a favour and go by coach with Trafalgar. 

*Excludes trips currently operating throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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