As a society, we are starting to understand and observe our daily actions to minimise the negative impact we are having on the world. With the progress being made at home, we should be conscious of how we travel too. Here are 5 tips to help you be a little greener on your next trip.
Check your transport
Avoid travelling by plane and instead opt for trains or public transport when covering large distances. You will get to see more of the country while also reducing your carbon footprint. Cities, hotels and hostels often have free bikes that are perfect to explore the streets that most people rarely see. If you must take a plane, book direct flights because take-off and landing creates more carbon emissions. In fact, some airlines provide carbon offsetting programmes that allow you to pay more, to make your flight carbon-neutral.
Support the local economy
Tourism provides the income for many families abroad and by supporting locally produced souvenirs, your purchases won’t have been imported. Sometimes we can also miss home-cooking but try to avoid supermarkets and explore the nightlife more. There are always plenty of amazing local restaurants that won’t want to make you return home, anytime soon!
In many countries, recycling is limited and waste can be a problem. Be apart of the solution by bringing your own tote bag when shopping for souvenirs or food, to cut down on plastic bags. Try to cut back on plastic with less packaging and seek out fresh produce instead. Today, we no longer need to print out all our documents or use physical maps so take advantage of your smartphone and keep your backpack lighter.
Bring a water bottle
Walking for miles through cities and in warm climates, can make you feel dehydrated very quickly. It is convenient to buy plastic, bottled water but we must think about how plastic pollutes. By using a water bottle that is recyclable, you can make a big difference and help preserve habitats, while on holiday.
Choose your tour carefully
Booking a guided tour can be a great way to explore the local area. Look for tours that support local guides and businesses, making sure that your money goes back into the community. There is no excuse for tours, to not be eco-friendly, so ensure your tour helps support the local ecosystems and wildlife. If you decide to forge your own path, follow these simple guidelines: stick with the paths to avoid damaging local habitats and do not feed local wildlife.
Sustainability relies on us having a positive impact on our local environment, even when on holiday.
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