Eco-friendly travel is essential. But many of the world's tourist destinations are packed with visitors, and not only is the environment at risk but a lot of resources are also wasted. With this, my top 10 tips for eco-friendly travel will help you contribute to a sustainable environment.
Flights are cheaper than ever, meaning more travelers are flying than ever. The result is that the airports are mercilessly overcrowded, especially in the high season. Consequently, this strains our minds, bodies, and the world's environment. Nevertheless, flying is inevitable for most destinations. But there are still things you can do to travel more sustainably.
Here are the ten suggestions for more environmentally-friendly travel 🧔, and they are just the beginning:
If you must travel by plane, you should 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 the flight on the websites releases CO2 per person. 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 is on the website: https://www.myclimate.org/
It is as fun as it sounds like drinking "near beer" is a 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 have multi-national beers.
However, this new trend means drinking only beer made locally. So not only are you going green by doing so, but you are also helping the local economy—so big cheers to that!
National Parks, sanctuaries, and protected areas are essential 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 around $850 billion annually is generated by National Park fees. It is mainly spent on conservation efforts and local communities.
So, visit National Parks on your next tour and participate in wildlife conservation. Also, National Parks are some of the best and most popular places to get up close and personal with nature. And remember to clean up after yourself wherever you go. Many plant and animal species are on the brink of extinction, and visiting National Parks and Protected Areas is one way to save them.
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.
As you can see, tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry. But statistics show that almost 90% of tourists' money goes to big corporations and multinational tourism operators. This impacts local tourism, which has a direct effect on the local economy. As 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 accommodations is the best eco-friendly way to stay during holidays. Another best way to do that is by using public transport. These ways are eco-friendly, support the local economy, and are the best way to travel economically.
Yes, luggage is also crucial. The more luggage you take with you, the more fuel you use. Thus, more carbon emissions are created. However, packing wisely will do much for the environment and make 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 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 reduces your carbon footprint and makes travel easy.
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. Doing so lets you immerse yourself in your locality for the holidays. This way, you could save a lot of travel expenses and reduce the carbon footprint of excessive traveling, but you could rest properly and take the stress of traveling off you.
Drinking water to stay hydrated and enjoy coffee every morning 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.
You can save the environment by carrying a personal water bottle and coffee mug. It also starts a new trend: eco-friendly and economical, as you can fill your water bottle and coffee mug anywhere. It is the best practice to carry your water bottle and other drinking containers, and by saying no to single-use plastic, you can significantly impact environmental safety.
Many destinations can also be reached by bus or train as an alternative to flying - that is clear. But what about when you arrive? Try to choose the means of transport to your destination consciously, to begin with. Look at options for places where you can use public transport or explore the area by motorbike.
This is how you come into better contact with the local people and cultures. Holiday activities such as horseback riding, cycling, canoeing, and hiking are enjoyable ways to be sustainable and save resources.
If you take 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 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 cheaper, promotes your ecological balance, helps equalize the economy, and is my top suggestion for eco-friendly travel.
Ever since the mode of transportation has become cheaper, more and more visitors are flocking to travel destinations that 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.
Following my 10 helpful tips for eco-friendly travel, you can participate in environmental rehabilitation and reduce travel expenses.
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