Sustainability is a big topic these days and for good reason: our planet is in dire condition and only the collective effort can make things better. Therefore, the things that you do on a daily basis matter so much: the way you eat, shop and dress can all have various impacts on the environment.
Travel is an industry that is responsible for a lot of pollution. So in this blog, we’re offering 5 ways people can achieve a more sustainable travel journey.
Fly less, and only when you have to
Flying is a big culprit behind a lot of global pollution. Therefore, if you don’t have to, it’s best to reduce flying and opt for other means of transport. Buses, trains and cars are all better solutions, and make for fun trips!
However, it’s important to mention that driving is a less desirable option as public transport is more favorable due to less pollution. If you have to fly, then be sure to choose direct flights and opt for more sustainable airlines.
Find eco-friendly accommodation
Eco-friendly hotels are still a new thing, however it’s safe to say that they are definitely the future of sustainable travel. Therefore, if the environment matters to you, it’s important to check beforehand whether the hotel you want to book adheres to green business practices and business decisions.
Other eco-friendly options are treehouses, organic farmhouses and green B&Bs. The main criteria for this is the use of renewable energy, responsible waste management, energy-saving lights, and organic or local food.
The weight of your suitcase or backpack can contribute to more pollution since the vehicle carrying your luggage expends more fuel. Therefore, it’s important to pack lightly and to plan your outfits well in advance.
If you’re aiming to bring cosmetic products, then be sure to do so using travel-sized bottles and containers. That way, your suitcase will be lighter. If possible, try not bringing a lot of things, especially for those casual trips.
Be a responsible beachgoer
Beaches are often a big part of traveling, because who doesn’t love getting some tan or swimming in the sea? But in order to have the ultimate beach experience, you should make sure to be a responsible beachgoer as well.
That means, picking up your own litter, not interfering with the beach wildlife and packing your lunch in sustainable lunch boxes. Also, it’s important to choose sustainable swimwear made of durable and eco-friendly fabrics. The best thing to do on the beach is to read and follow any warning signs and guidelines related to wildlife and cleanliness.
Eat and shop locally
The biggest thing you can do as a sustainable traveler is to be respectful of locals and their well-being. That also includes eating at establishments owned by locals, as that way you’re also helping the local economy.
The same goes for shopping. Sure, going to malls is fun, but if you’re aiming to buy some souvenirs, it’s best to do so by going to the local souvenir shop or head to the local weekend markets or night markets.
International fast-food chains might be convenient and addictive as well, but they’re also responsible for a lot of pollution on a global scale. There’s no denying that. Plus, eating and shopping at any local restaurant or store will give you a unique experience that you cannot find elsewhere.
This travel blog will surely help you be a more sustainable and eco-conscious traveler. However, if this is your first time trying this way of traveling, then be sure to do things slowly at your own pace, until you figure out the best ways that will ensure you travel in a sustainable fashion.
Remember that choosing eco-friendly accommodation, eating locally, wearing sustainable beachwear and being mindful of the environment are all important things that you shouldn’t forget about if you want to have a fulfilling and eco-friendly trip. Thanks for reading everyone!