This paper takes a closer look at what is often touted as a major contributor to the solution of the climate change issue: carbon offsets. It begins by discussing climate change and its relationship to tourism before moving on to focus on individual versus collective action. The paper subsequently discusses carbon offsetting, its mechanics along with a number of drawbacks of the carbon offsetting approach to tackling global warming. Finally the paper provides alternatives to carbon offsetting before returning to the issue of collective action. It concludes by arguing for the need of a collective political solution that will tackle emissions at source.