Tips For Eco-Conscious Travel
After over a year in lockdown, travelling seems to be a distant memory for most of us. As vaccinations roll out, countries around the world are starting to reopen their doors to tourism. Although we all can’t wait to be someplace else again, it’s fair to expect that travelling will not be the same for quite a while. As we adjust to this new normalcy, how about adding a few eco-conscious changes that will make traveling better for the environment?
Walk or rent a bike as much as you can
Not only is this good for the environment and your health, it also gives you a more personal experience of the place or scenery, and better access to hidden local spots.
Bring your reusable water bottle everywhere
Walking around new cities can be quite exhausting, so make sure you have your reusable water bottle handy to avoid contributing to the trash tourism generates.
Avoid using hotel toiletries and BYO
We’re hoping the hotel or airbnb you’re checking into practices recycling programs, but in case they don’t, it’s always best to just bring your own. After all, not all accommodations offer bar shampoos and conditioners, and bamboo toothbrushes.
Shop and eat local
Supporting the local economy by eating and shopping at small businesses not only gives your trip a more authentic experience, local products also means less carbon footprint caused by importing goods.
Plant trees to offset your vacation’s carbon emissions
If you’re not using airlines that use biofuel, you can try supporting carbon offset programs that help neutralize or reduce the carbon footprint caused by tourism. Some great programs you can try are: Sustainable Travel International, Atmosfair, and Native Energy,
Here are some airlines that use biofuel: Alaska Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, United, and Delta.
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