In reality, travelling adds up to the world’s already increasing carbon footprint. Some say that NOT travelling is the best way to travel. But is that even possible? People will always need and want to travel somewhere but you can do your part by making sure your expedition is as green as possible. So here are 10 helpful tips that will make your travel greener.
Choose the mode of transportation wisely.
If you can ride a bike to go around the place or walk to your itinerary or to the nearest restaurant, then do it. It will do your body and the environment good. However, if travelling from point A to point B requires a vehicle ride, check if public transportation is available first.
Your choice of accommodation matters.
When planning a trip, check if eco-friendly properties are available in your destination. Also, when staying at a property, limit the use of the air conditioning system if possible and consider reusing your hotel towels if applicable. Make sure to unplug and turn off devices when leaving the room to save energy.
Where you choose to dine has a veiled impact on the environment. Choose restaurants or food places that serve local produce and seafood. Carbon emission from transporting goods is reduced and small-scale fishing is less damaging compared to industrial fishing.
Carry your own water bottle and reusable bag.
If we do not make a conscious effort to avoid single use plastic as much as possible, we will surely be swimming in a sea of plastic pretty soon. Have a drink ready with your reusable bottle and be ready to shop with your eco-friendly bag.
Use reef-friendly sunblock.
Many do not know, several sunblock brands use harmful chemicals. These chemicals are not only harmful to humans, but also to marine life. Help protect the seas and use only the good ones.
Ditch the animal shows or any attraction that involves wild animals being held captive. Dolphins, orcas, whales, elephants, tigers, and lions belong in the wild. If they are kept in cages, they lose their natural instincts and develop abnormal behaviour, causing them to grow weak and eventually die. Animals are important and should be respected.
Do not touch wildlife.
Being picked up, or fed needlessly can cause stress to wild animals. And remember, before you set out to roam around, that lotion or hand moisturiser you applied can be harmful to animals. Also, that flower or plant may be beautiful to look at, but resist the temptation to touch or remove it.
Leave footprints, not trash.
Wherever your destination is–be it Singapore or Sao Paolo–respect the place and its people by not leaving your trash anywhere. Be conscious of the locale’s waste segregation and recycling policies as well.
Take pictures, not animals or plants.
Aside from photographs, there are other travel keepsakes available. When buying souvenirs, make sure to buy ones that are not made from animal body parts or endangered plants.
Plan ahead and research if there is an upcoming event in your destination that needs volunteers. Check if there is a coastal cleanup or tree-planting activity that you and your friends can participate in. It not only helps mother earth, it can also be very fulfilling.
So there you go folks. We hope you can use these tips (and even add more ideas to it) to make your trip eco-friendly. It’s always a good idea to travel and care for mother earth at the same time, right?
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Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.