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How to be Eco-Friendly Whilst Travelling

Updated: Dec 9, 2022

As the world becomes more aware of the impact human actions have on the environment, eco-friendliness has become a hot topic in many areas of life. This is especially true when it comes to travel, as the transportation and accommodation industries can have significant effects on the earth.

However, being eco-friendly while travelling doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice luxury or adventure. In fact, incorporating environmentally-conscious habits into your travels can enhance your experience and help preserve the beauty of the destinations you visit.

Here are some tips for staying eco-friendly while travelling:

Choose sustainable accommodation When looking for a place to stay on your trip, consider eco-friendly options such as eco-lodges, eco-resorts, or even camping. These types of accommodations are often built with sustainable materials and practices in mind, such as using solar power and recycling waste. Additionally, staying at eco-friendly accommodations supports local communities and often provides unique, immersive experiences. Tips for finding sustainable accommodation include;

  1. Research the property's sustainability initiatives and policies, such as energy-efficient appliances and recycling programs.

  2. Look for accommodations that use renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind power.

  3. Consider staying at eco-friendly hotels or guesthouses that have received certifications for their sustainable practices.

  4. Choose accommodations that are located near public transportation or offer options for carpooling or biking.

  5. Opt for accommodations that support local businesses and promote environmental conservation efforts in the area.

  6. Consider the type of accommodations and choose options that have a smaller environmental footprint, such as a tent or yurt

Reduce your carbon footprint One of the biggest contributors to environmental harm during travel is the carbon emissions from transportation. To reduce your carbon footprint, consider taking public transportation or renting a fuel-efficient car instead of flying or driving a gas-guzzling vehicle. You could also consider hiring a coach if there are a number of people in your travelling party (which is something we can happily help you with). You can also offset your carbon emissions by purchasing carbon credits or supporting renewable energy projects.

Pack responsibly Before you hit the road, take a moment to think about what you’re packing. Bring reusable water bottles and containers to reduce plastic waste, and opt for biodegradable toiletries to avoid harming marine life. Also, try to pack light to reduce the amount of fuel needed for transportation. Top tips for packing responsibly include;

  1. Reduce the amount of packing materials you use by using items you already have, such as clothes or towels, to protect fragile items.

  2. Recycle any packing materials that you do use, such as cardboard boxes or plastic bags, to reduce waste.

  3. Consider using a luggage scale to ensure that your bags are not overweight, which can result in additional fees and environmental impact from excess fuel consumption.

  4. Avoid packing items that are prohibited or restricted by your airline or destination, such as hazardous materials or large quantities of liquids.

  5. Donate or sell any items that you no longer need or will not use at your destination, to reduce the amount of clutter and waste in your luggage.

  6. Pack light and only bring items that you will actually use and need, to reduce the overall weight and environmental impact of your luggage.

  7. Choose eco-friendly travel products, such as reusable water bottles or biodegradable toiletries, to reduce your impact on the environment.

  8. Plan ahead and research the recycling and waste disposal options at your destination, so that you can dispose of any waste responsibly.

  9. Be mindful of the local culture and customs at your destination, and avoid packing items that may be offensive or inappropriate.

Support local businesses When travelling, it’s easy to get caught up in the tourist trap of visiting big chain restaurants and stores. However, supporting local businesses not only provides a more authentic travel experience, but it also helps boost the local economy and often employs environmentally-conscious practices. Look for locally-sourced food, eco-friendly souvenirs, and experiences that support the community.

Respect the environment As a traveller, it’s important to respect the environment and its inhabitants. This means following the “leave no trace” principle and not litter or pollutes the land or water. It also means being mindful of the local flora and fauna, such as not disturbing wildlife or damaging natural habitats.

Staying eco-friendly while travelling is not only possible, but it can also enhance your travel experience. By choosing sustainable accommodations, reducing your carbon footprint, packing responsibly, supporting local businesses, and respecting the environment, you can have a fulfilling and environmentally-conscious trip.

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