BY Guinness Bear

Top 10 Helpful Tips for Eco-Friendly Travel

ECO-friendly travel is important. But many of the world's tourist destinations are packed with visitors and not only the environment is at risk, but a lot of resources are also wasted. So my top 10 tips for eco-friendly travel will help you contribute to a sustainable environment 🥇

Flights are cheaper than ever, and this means more travelers are flying than ever before. The result is that the airports are mercilessly overcrowded, especially in the high season. Consequently, this puts a strain not only on our minds and bodies but also puts a lot of strain on our world environment. Nevertheless, flying is inevitable for most destinations. But there are still things you do to travel in a more sustainable manner. 

Here are the ten suggestions for more environmentally-friendly travel 🧔, and they are just a beginning: 

 

#10 - Compensate for Flights

If you must travel by plane, then you should definitely opt for the shortest direct flights. Although these are generally more expensive, they do less damage to the CO2 balance than additional fights to the same destination 🧔 You can also compensate for the flight on platforms such as Atmosfair, Climate Collections, or Myclimate. To do this, you first calculate how much CO2 per person is released by the flight on the respective websites. Then you buy compensation certificates that confirm that the same amount of CO2 is bound up elsewhere. For instance, through climate protection projects such as planting trees 🏅

For example, the compensation for a Lufthansa flight from Düsseldorf to Mallorca costs six euros at Myclimate. This is not expensive and the impact of many travelers doing this is tremendous and the first step for ECO-friendly travel. More information about Myclimate on the website: https://www.myclimate.org/ 🧔

 

#9 - Drink Near Beer

It is as fun as it sounds like drinking "near beer" is a new trend that is growing fast 🧔 This might be a new trend, but it isn't a new concept and as soft drinks have made it to almost every shop in the world, so has multi-national beers. This new trend, however, means to drink only that beer that is made locally. So not only are you going green by doing so but helping the local economy as well. So big cheers to that.

 

#8 - Visit National Parks and Protected Areas

National Parks, sanctuaries, and protected areas play an essential role in protecting precious natural resources such as endangered flora and fauna from extinction 🧔 Unfortunately, many places in the world solely rely on the tourism fees from visitors to their respective National Parks and protected areas. It is estimated that annually around $850 billion are generated by National Park fees. It is mostly spent on conservation efforts and local communities. 

So make sure to visit National Parks on your next tour and play your part in wildlife conservation. Not only that, but National Parks are some of the best places to get up close and personal with nature. And remember to clean up after yourself wherever you go 🥇 There are many plant and animal species on the brink of extinction and visiting National Parks and Protected Areas is one way we can save them which is why it is the eighth best way for eco-friendly travel 🥇

 

#7 - Avoid Travel Catalogs

It is common practice for travel agencies to give you a stack of catalogs and have you plan and book your trip after going through them. However, tour providers also put their trips together on the Internet. This does not mean that you should not book with a travel agency. But you do not have to waste paper by flipping through a catalog just once and then throwing it away 🧔 

 

#6 - Support Local Economy

As you can see, the tourism industry is a multi-billion dollar industry 🧔 But statistics show that almost 90% of money spent by tourists makes its way to the big corporations and multinational tourism operators. This impacts local tourism, which has a direct effect on the local economy. And as I have experienced, local traditional culture fades away with time and is taken over by corporate culture.

You can play your part in supporting the local economy by dining at local restaurants and food stalls. Staying in local places of accommodation is by far the best eco-friendly way to stay during holidays. Another best way to do that is by using public transport. And I bet that these ways are eco-friendly and support the local economy, and are the best way for you to travel economically 🏅

 

#5 - Pack Wisely and ECO-Friendly for your Travel

Yes, luggage is also crucial. The more luggage you take with you, the more fuel is used, and thus more carbon emissions are created. However, packing wisely will do a lot for the environment and let you travel more ECO-friendly. Instead of buying grooming items in full-size packages every time you travel and checking them in your bag, you can buy travel-size items 🧔.  

Additionally, you can refill these from your regular products when you travel again. Solid shampoos and bars of soap are complete without garbage. Furthermore, you can pack sustainably by using so-called “zero waste” travel kits. As a rule, you should always try to do without plastic cutlery and never use drinking straws. Traveling with a lighter backpack is the 🥇 fifth eco-friendly travel tip because it reduces your carbon footprint and makes your travel easy.

 

#4 - Travel Slowly

Traveling slowly might be a new concept but it means staying longer at every destination you visit 🧔 It is better to stay a day or two longer at each place rather than touch and go type traveling. By doing so you can immerse yourself in the locality you're in for the holidays. This way not only you could save a lot of travel expenses and reduce the carbon footprint of excessive traveling but you can rest properly and take the stress of traveling off of you 🏅

 

#3 - Carry a Water Bottle and Coffee Mug

Drinking water to stay hydrated and enjoying coffee every morning or so is essential 🧔 Unfortunately, many tourists unknowingly don't carry a water bottle or a coffee mug while traveling. And end up using disposable water bottles and coffee cups and throwing them into the trash. Unfortunately, most of this plastic and paper trash cannot be recycled. In addition, some remote tourist destinations lack garbage disposal, which results in littering.

By carrying a personal water bottle and coffee mug, you can save the environment. And also start a new trend which is very eco friendly and economical as you can fill your water bottle and coffee mug anywhere. It is the best practice to carry your personal water bottle and other drinking containers and by saying no to single-use plastic you can make a big impact on environmental safety 🥇

 

#2 - Choose the Means of Transport Deliberately

Many destinations can also be reached by bus or train as an alternative to flying - that much is clear. But what about when you arrive? Try to choose the means of transport at your destination consciously, to begin with. Look at options for places where you can use public transport or explore the area by bike 🧔 For the most part, this is how you come into better contact with the local people and cultures anyhow. Holiday activities such as horseback riding, cycling, canoeing, and hiking are also really fun ways to be sustainable and save resources 🏅

 

#1 - Live Climate-Friendly and Travel ECO-Friendly

If you do end up taking a flight to go on holiday, think about how you can spend the nights at your destination in a socially and climate-friendly way 🏆 Look into going camping, or renting a holiday apartment instead of spending the night in a large hotel complex. Take recyclable things with you like jute trash bags. Thereby collecting your trash on the go instead of throwing it away into the environment because there are no trash bins. Incidentally, it helps sustainability to eat regional and seasonal cooking in small local places while on holiday. It is not only cheaper but also promotes your own ecological balance and helps equalize the economy and is my 🧔 top suggestion for eco-friendly travel.   

 

Ever since the mode of transportations has become cheaper, more and more visitors are flocking to travel destinations which threaten the environment and local economy. That’s why eco-friendly travel is essential to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment, encourage conservation and boost the local economy 🏆

By following my 10 helpful tips for eco-friendly travel 🧔, not only can you take part in environmental rehabilitation but also reduce your travel expenses.

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