Eco-Friendly Travel Tips
We all look forward to that time of year when we can pack our bags, fly off to an exotic new destination, and relax. However, many people don’t realise how some of their seemingly harmless holiday habits, have detrimental effects on the environment. I’ll be going through some quick tips that you should put into practice, to stay eco-friendly during your next holiday!
1. Find a smart way to travel:
Most methods of transportation contribute to climate change. To minimise carbon emissions, try (where possible) not to travel by plane. Instead, go on a holiday coach, or travel by car, and enjoy the undisturbed company of family and friends for a couple of hours. However, if you’re travelling overseas and flying is absolutely necessary, make sure you book direct flights (instead of stopover flights), because take-offs and landings produce the most carbon emissions.
2. Choose environmentally friendly accommodation:
Environmentally friendly accommodation is not something people often consider when they travel. However, when you choose a hotel with effective waste treatment systems, proper recycling initiatives, and sustainable energy sources, you are promoting eco-friendly habits, and helping organisations continue applying these practices.
3. Treat your hotel like your home:
When staying at a hotel, it’s tempting indulge in unsustainable habits. Treat your hotel like your home, and avoid getting clean towels when not necessary. Make sure you turn things like lights, air-conditioning and TV’s off before leaving your room, and conserve water by stopping yourself from taking that extra-long shower.
4. Say no to plastic bags:
You’ve probably heard it before, but you’re going to hear it again: say no plastic bags! Since they’re so convenient and cheap, it can be tempting to use plastic bags to store your toiletries or packaged food items when travelling. However, it’s important to remember that plastic bags take up to 500 years to biodegrade. It’s your responsibility to keep the environment around you clean and unpolluted as possible, especially when you’re a tourist. Invest in reusable tote bags, or small toiletry bags, as these will be useful in the long run, and they help keep the environment clean!
5. Eco-friendly souvenirs:
One of the best parts of going on holiday is buying cool souvenirs to take home and share with your friends. Buy locally made souvenirs and promote the growth of small communities. These are much better than buying imported products that have a large carbon footprint, and have been created through the exploitation of workers. Additionally, ensure that the souvenir you’re buying has not been made from any endangered species. This includes animal hides and body parts like tortoise shells, bonobo fur, ivory, and coral.
Make sure you care for mother nature, and respect the environment around you by following some of these travel tips when you go on your next holiday.
Have a fun eco-friendly trip!