Traveling is a fantastic chance to experience new cultures, stay connected with nature, broaden our horizons, and relax. However, that doesn’t mean that you can forget all of your responsibilities to earth.
Sustainable travel has successfully made its way to the forefront of the travel industry after decades on the backbenches. Eco travel has become one of the industry’s fastest-growing actions.
Here are some eco-friendly travel tips to combine with your passion for travel and willingness to be more sustainable. You might be amazed at how easy it is to mitigate your effect and positively contribute to the environment.
Avoid Overvisited Destinations
Avoid locations struggling with excessive tourism if you can. You’re going to see fewer lines and lower rates, and you’re also not going to place as much pressure on local neighborhoods struggling to keep up.
If you are visiting over-visited cities, rather than apartments, consider a hotel or hostel. For residents, vacation apartment rentals push up local rental prices and drive them out of the city center.
Buy Local Produce
Lower your carbon emissions and purchase local goods. The local economy and residents and their businesses are helped by this. When you have the privilege of cooking, what you want to buy to cook is up to you.
Commit to foods that are produced locally when buying in stores and markets, and avoid processed and manufactured foods as much as possible. This will mean that you eat seasonal food, which will not only be the freshest but will help the local economy as well.
Opt for Sustainable Mode of Transport
Sad to say, compared to any other means of transport, flying emits the largest amount of carbon per passenger. A perfect way to also do some city tour en route can be to take the bus or train.
Opt for a non-stop flight if you need to fly and it’s a long journey. Not only is it a time-saver, but it will always be more fuel-efficient for direct flights. Otherwise, from a carbon footprint viewpoint, driving (particularly carpooling) will always trump flying.
Avoid Animal Attractions
For amusement, avoid all attractions that use captive wild animals. Riding elephants, visiting captive whales, and swimming with dolphins, are the most common offenders.
Animals in their natural habitats are best regarded. Go on a safari, whale-watching tour, or jungle hike, if you want to see the animals where they belong. Avoid direct interactions with animals if you want to be a responsible and ethical traveler.
Reduce Your Plastic Use
A ton of waste is created by plastic. Plastic is everywhere, from plastic bottles to toothpaste tubes to shopping bags. A great way of reducing your ecological footprint is to avoid plastic as much as possible.
You can buy a reusable bottle, bring your own utensils, and fly with a canvas bag. In addition, unless it comes in biodegradable containers, skip the plastic straws and cutlery and avoid getting take-out.
Turn Off Electronics When Not In Use
It can be convenient to provide a card to pop into a slot in your hotel, hostel, or Airbnb in some destinations. The slot you’ll place it in is connected to all the electricity in the room which enables it to be switched on.
You take the card with you when you leave the room (sometimes it’s the room key), and that way, you can’t use the control while you’re out of the room. It’s a smart way to save power and resources.
Be conscious of turning off A/C, heat, lamps, and fans as you leave your accommodation or when not in use, even though you are not working with a card and slot situation.
Visit Green Destinations and Hotels
No fixed benchmark or index is used to assess greenness globally, but you should look for cities with designated parks and green spaces, public transit, and sufficient eco-tourism options.
Find hotels that use renewable energies and produce their raw materials. There are great luxury properties on one end of the scale, but major hospitality players are also responding to customer demands with action strategies to sustainability.
The responsibility for maintaining and protecting the environment we ısnit lımıted to what we do at home. In fact, paying attention to environmental issues is even more important when you travel.
Utilize the above tips to ensure you leave no harm wherever you go and be a great example for your fellow holidaymakers.