If you are keen to do your part to ensure that the world remains beautiful and safe for future generations, you’ve come to the right place. Simply continue reading to discover how to travel green.
How to Travel Green:
Use public transportation where possible:
Instead of relying on taxis or ride-sharing apps such as Uber or Lyft to get around, make an effort to use local transportation. Especially in cities that offer fast, reliable public transportation options such as Tokyo, London, New York, Paris, and Sydney. All of which have efficient, clean metro services. In some cities in the world, it’s actually far faster to travel via train, than by car. Some bonuses of choosing to use public transportation is that you’ll save money and will be able to see how locals get around on a day-to-day basis.
Take photos instead of purchasing souvenirs:
Another easy way to reduce your carbon footprint is to stop purchasing souvenirs that you don’t need, in favor of taking photos to remember your favorite memories from each trip. Also opt to ask strangers to take photos of you instead of taking selfies, in order to interact with locals and to get better photos of your trips. As once you’ve seen one selfie, they’re all the same.
Pay to offset your carbon footprint when you book your flights:
Most airlines will allow you to pay a small charge in order to offset your individual carbon footprint. So if you want to feel better about air travel, it’s definitely well worth choosing to fly with airlines that give you the opportunity to offset your carbon footprint for your flights.
Leave outdoor areas the way that you found them:
If you pride yourself on being an eco-conscious traveller, it’s also important to leave outdoor areas the way that you found them. As an example, if you go hiking or camping, make sure not to leave any of your trash on the trails that you visit and to ensure that you leave each outdoor area as pristine as possible. Aim to leave each area without a trace of your existence.
Choose to stay at eco-friendly accommodation options:
Part of being an eco-friendly traveller entails making wise choices when it comes to booking accommodation. For example, if you’re planning a sun-filled beach vacation, you might want to choose to stay at an eco-resort. If there are no eco-friendly hotel or resort options in your chosen destination, opt to book a private room in a shared house. Instead of staying in a hotel that is part of an international chain and which may have an adverse effect on the environment.
Reuse your towels:
Many hotels and resorts now have signs in their bathrooms that inform their guests that they can opt to change their towels every second day if they’d like to reduce their carbon footprint. As it requires a lot of power in order to wash heavy towels.
So if you want to do your part to ensure that the world remains beautiful, clean and safe, make sure to remember all of the green travel tips which have been listed out above.