There’s so much to see and do in the world, which is what fuels our passion for travel. That’s the reason that we think that eco-friendly travel is essential for all travelers. This concept isn’t a trend, but rather a way of life. If we’re always reducing, reusing and recycling while we’re participating in our everyday lives, why can’t that happen on vacation?
A recent poll found that 62 percent of travelers assigned the responsibility of traveling sustainably to the “travelers themselves,” so as travel advisors, we take the lead with our clients to help them plan an terrific eco-friendly experience.
Here are five achievable ways that you can protect the environment while traveling.
For starters, if you’re heading to the airport and already struggling to carry your luggage or backpack, the turbulence is only the beginning of worries for your flight. Start by packing light so that you decrease your carbon footprint. A lighter backpack leads to lighter items in the plane, meaning less fuel will be used. After all, this is a vacation not a power lifting competition.
When you’re traveling, why not complete sightseeing on foot (or wheels)? Chances are the metro, train or bus pass will be way cheaper than a taxi ride across town. Rent a bike and get active! Take the stairs rather than the elevator. Sure it’ll take longer, but it’s all about submerging yourself into the host country’s culture, isn’t it?
If it’s hot and humid, hydration is key. Bring a Camelback or personal refillable water bottle or coffee cup. Now you’re able to refill and stay hydrated, while looking way more fashionable than spending your Euros on a plastic bottle. Skip the straw too, while you’re at it.
Stay at an eco-friendly resort or hotel. It’s easy no matter where you’re traveling: domesticallyor internationally.
Eat and shop local. This is more authentic already and the food will be grown locally so you’re helping local farmers earn recognition and a living.
If an eco-friendly vacation is on your horizon, why not let us help plan it for you! We’ve got lots of terrific suggestions for trips that are authentic, as well as sustainable!