ANNIE ANDREWS OCTOBER 7, 2019
Being a sustainable traveler doesn’t mean using only your bike to travel or going camping, but it’s a much broader concept. Ecotourism is all about making some simple “green” choices and leaving nothing behind but your footprints. The idea is that you reduce your negative impact while traveling and become more conscious about the destination and the environment. So, here are some great eco-friendly travel tips that will help you leave no trace, no matter where you go.
Pack and Bring Your Meals
Airports and planes offer plenty of tasty food, but the plastic food packaging this food comes in has a detrimental effect on the environment. Hence, it’s always best to prepare your own food at home, store it in beeswax wrapping and take it with you. Beeswax wrapping is a reusable and sustainable alternative to plastic, but if you don’t have one, you can also use a reusable lunchbox.
Choose an Eco-Friendly Transportation Method
This is another very important eco-friendly tip as you should always be environmentally conscious when booking your flight. Thus, always pick airlines with airline sustainability reports, which have a massive composting program, and are using sustainable aviation biofuel. Besides choosing the most environmentally friendly airline headed to your destination, you can also opt for high-speed rail or a biking trip.
Bring Your Own Water Bottle
Staying hydrated while traveling is of crucial importance. However, it’s better to bring your own reusable water bottle instead of using tons of plastic ones. Plastic water bottles are incredibly harmful to our environment. So, by using a refillable water bottle you will reduce your environmental footprint.
Use Public Transportation
When you arrive at your destination, skip the urge to rent a car and instead use public transport options. The most sustainable way to discover a new place is on foot, but you can also use a bike or a train. However, if these options don’t work for you and you still want to be conscious of your impact on the environment, you can hire a small eco-friendly vehicle.
Eat and Drink Locally
Eating delicious local food isn’t only an eco-friendly option but you’re also supporting the local economy. To be mindful about your consumption, you should try the local cuisine and enjoy a near beer. The locally brewed beer is often the high-quality one you can pick and plus, you’re going to enjoy a low-carbon beverage by cutting down on “beer mileage.”
Pick Up Trash When You See It
No matter where you go in the world, you’re always going to find garbage. So, if you notice it, don’t hesitate to pick it up and toss it in a trash can. Moreover, if your holiday seems boring, spending an afternoon volunteering with a beach clean-up group is always a good idea.
Being an eco-friendly traveler is now easier than ever as there are tons of sustainable options. Incorporating the tips we shared with you into your travel routine will help you create a lot of benefits for your destination of choice. Let us know if you have any other traveling tips that we can add to this list.