Written By Maya ( Guest Post )
What is sustainable travel?
Sustainable travel is a way of traveling that doesn’t harm our environment.
This way of tourism is all about treating the environment with respect while traveling.
It is all about making sure travel will make a less negative impact on the world.
Think about it, 20 years from now, did the place you visited will stay the same if every traveler will act harmfully to our planet and environment?
If every one of us will make a few little changes with his travel habits (from the list in this post or not), we can make a huge impact on our world and keep the places we visit as we found them!
Here are 12 ways to become a sustainable traveler:
1. Book non-stop flights
I agree, non-stop flights are more expensive, and most of us (including myself) just want to travel more and pay less.
But, non-stop flights produce much less carbon emissions.
If you didn’t know, Aircrafts create the most carbon emission when taking off and landing, so taking a non-stop flight if possible, will make a huge impact on our environment.
Packing light isn’t just about being minimalist, it’s about helping the environment as well!
The less you pack the lighter the plane will be.
If you didn’t know, planes use fuels that harm the environment, and are especially harmful when departing and landing, so the lighter the plane is – the better for the environment.
3.Shop local food and goods
You can support local businesses by buying from local places. This helps the local economy so much, especially if they are based on tourism.
You can help the locals by shopping from local markets, choosing to stay at an Airbnb or at a local hotel, eating at local restaurants and shopping at local stores.
What is fun about deciding to adopt this way as a travel habit, is that you get to experience the local’s culture and even paying less for things sometimes!
4. Use reusable water bottles
Think about all the plastic bottles you buy during a day of traveling.
First of all, I think it’s a waste of money. Why not pack with you a nice water bottle, save your money and help the environment by producing less waste?
I highly recommend purchasing a collapsible foldable water bottle.
When you run out of the water (first of all you can fill it up), or, you can fold it in your bag and it will take zero space in your bag!
5.Pack A Reusable Utensils Silverware Case
Instead of buying a big pack of plastic silverware, get yourself a nice little reusable utensils silverware case.
silverware case that could help you out on every occasion, and will help save the environment!
These cases come with a knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks and reusable straws!
6.Reduce water and power use
Even though you are on vacation and the hotel pays the water and electricity bill, it still doesn’t mean that while you are on vacation, all of the problems in the world stops.
Don’t waste water for nothing, and don’t leave all of the lights open.
Just because you aren’t the one paying the bills doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of what you use.
This is especially important in countries that have limited access to resources.
7.Respect and protect nature
Even though that rock is so pretty (I’ll be honest, I still do this sometimes and I should stop), it belongs to nature.
Think about it, if 1000 people are visiting the beach, and every person takes a rock, what’s left for nature?
Yes, this is our planet, but it’s not just ours – keep that in mind.
This means that you need to stick to designated paths, not disturbing animals, not taking every rock or flower you see, etc.
8.Use digital maps/trip plans/lists
This sustainable travel tips is the easiest one to follow.
When you use digital versions of things, first of all you have a lot less to carry, but you also reduce the waste of the papers that you’ll throw away (or recycle hopefully after reading this blog post) after the trip ends.
You can use digital travel guides, or even if you made one your own, just don’t print it, use it from your phone or Ipad during the trip.
I’ve seen many people that are printing a 50-page travel plan for their trip.
I’ve actually launched a digital travel planner, which is printable (even though like I’ve just said, use it on your phone/Ipad while traveling and don’t print it), and is currently on SALE for 50% OFF!
The discount code is: tbm50
Click here to order your digital travel planner for a great price!
I actually fly a lot, but whenever I can use a train or a bus instead of a plane, I do it.
Like I’ve said before, airplanes do a lot of damage to the environment and atmosphere.
Flying less is actually one of the most effective ways to help the environment and even help stop global warming.
To do so, you can either travel by train or buses. Also, slow travel will help as well.
Spend longer amounts of time in each location you visit instead of switching airplanes every 5 days.
Like I’ve said, planes and vehicles harm the environment and atmosphere so much! try walking more, or even renting a bike at the destination you are visiting.
This way you are also helping the environment, and having a good time in the fresh air!
11. Leave the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door of your room for your whole stay
If you are staying at a hotel, this is a great way of reducing energy.
Leave the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your hotel room’s door instead of inviting the cleaners in every day.
This way, you cut down the chemical cleansing agents, electricity used when vacuuming the room, and the waste of washing the bed sheets and towels every day.
12. RECYCLE and take care of your garbage
Yes, you are on vacation, but you are still on vacation on Earth, not space. Global warming and climate change is still happening even if you are on vacation.
Separate your trash, and recycle where you can. You can even ask the hotel you are staying at if they have a recycling trash can or just ask them where you can throw your recycles.
Also, you should show respect to the locals of the country you’re visiting by taking care of your trash, and not leaving it on the ground when you leave the place.
Also, if you find trash other people have left lying around, pick it up, even if it’s not yours.
These were my 12 ways to become a sustainable traveler! If you have more tips and ideas feel free to share them in the comments!
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