For us nature lovers, traveling can lead to a very tricky predicament. On the one hand, you want to reduce your ecological footprint as much as possible, on the other you’d like to see new beautiful landscapes. Luckily, there is a solution to this dilemma. And it’s called green travel.
What is green travel?
Green travel is an environmentally-conscious and low-impact form of travel. In the past years, it has become one of the top green industries (joining green energy and organic skin care), with more and more tourist facilities offering sustainable options.
Regardless of market trends, eco-friendly travel is all about making simple choices and taking small actions to shrink your environmental impact on the places that you visit.
Read this simple guide to green travel.
10 effective eco-friendly green travel tips
1. Book flights with as few stops as possible
Take-offs and landings create most of an airplane’s carbon emissions. Which is why you should try to book flights that have as few of them as possible. Of course, direct flights are the best choice for green travel. Also, make sure to use one of the greenest airlines in the world.
2. Pack light
Packing strictly the necessary is a smart way to both lessen your impact on the environment while travelling and avoid pointless fatigues. Lighter and less luggage means less fuel used to transport it. All you need to do is to check the weather forecast before you leave and pack accordingly.
3. Public transport over car
An important part of eco-friendly travel is to use public transport. Instead of renting a car, find trains and buses that cover the routes that interest you. Public transportation can move more people with less energy and it can also be less expensive.
4. Even better, why not just bike or walk!
When distances are shorter, you should rent a bike or even just walk. Not only are these zero emission solutions, but they allow you to enjoy yourself and the surroundings more. Plus, it’s great exercise!
5. Stay at eco-hotels and environmentally-mindful facilities
Choosing carefully where to stay is essential for green travel. But there’s more. Rewarding eco-friendly hotels and facilities is a great way to foster sustainable travel as a trend: which will mean more and more hotels will follow it.
6. Drink from re-usable water bottles
Keeping your body hydrated is important when you are walking all day. However, you should avoid plastic bottles at all costs. Bring a refillable water bottle always with you and fill it up whenever you can.
7. Respect nature, always
As tempting as they might be, there are activities that are just not meant to be for green travellers. Respect and conservation are mandatory when you approach nature. Especially when wildlife or natural oasis are involved.
8. Eat at restaurants that use local ingredients
Not only is local cuisine a great cultural experience, it’s also an effective solution to cut the distance your food has to travel before it reaches your plate. Look for restaurants that cook with farm-to-table ingredients, or source their own produces locally.
9. Always leave a place better than you found it
When you visit a wild and natural destination, you should always do your part to make it better. For example, pick up any litter you might see laying on the ground and don’t take any souvenir from nature (flowers, shells, sand, rocks etc.).
These simple eco-friendly tips make all the difference when it comes to green travel. Simple, isn’t it?
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