Keeping your travel practices eco-friendly doesn’t have to be too difficult. All it takes is a little bit of effort and compassion towards our lovely plane,t and you’ll embrace sustainable travelling habits easily. Don’t know where to start from? We have a few suggestions that will allow you to travel in an eco-friendlier way and look after our planet during your holidays from now on.
Bring your amenities
Little toiletries tubes are not the friend of the environment. Namely, they are most often not biodegradable. More hotels are introducing containers secured to the wall instead of having one-use soaps or body wash. You should bring your own shampoo, conditioner, and lotion packed in reusable bottles. If you still come across samples of toiletries at the hotel, donate them to your local homeless shelter, domestic violence shelter, or community non-profit. That way, you’ll give back in more ways than one.
Whether you’re travelling by plane or train, you’ll need to entertain yourself somehow during a long ride. If your choice is a book, consider using an electronic copy. Don’t buy hard copies but go for the option that’s more sustainable. The same goes for transportation tickets. Book your train, bus or plane online and use your e-tickets instead of the printed ones. The trees will thank you.
Ditch the car and go on a tour
Cars and airplanes are among the least eco-friendly ways of transport. If you have no other choice but to drive to your vacation destination, at least go sightseeing and explore the areas around your destination by going on an organized tour. Look for popular adventure tours and activities at your holiday spot and join a group of like-minded people in search of the next escapade.
Pick up after yourself
Acting outdoors should be the same as acting indoors when it comes to rubbish disposal. You wouldn’t throw away a bag of crisps or a bottle of juice on the living room floor and leave it there, would you? The same applies to spending time in nature. Forests, lakes, parks and beaches are homes to diverse wildlife, and you should act like you’ve come to visit your friends. Pick up after your picnic. Bring a rubbish bag or two if you have recyclable items, and fill them up with all the waste. Throw them away in the nearest dumpster for a sustainable holiday experience.
Travel by a bicycle
Have you been looking for ways to explore your country? Maybe you’d like to go to some of the neighbouring countries without leaving a carbon footprint? If so, we suggest you travel by bicycle. If you’ve been enjoying cycling for a while, just start getting in better shape and prepare well for your cycling adventure. Make sure you have all the biking essentials with you and start your eco-friendly travel.
Discard single-use plastics
Did you know that 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year? Just imagine a garbage truck full of plastic disposing waste into the oceans every minute of every day, and you get the picture. Tourists tend to be among the biggest users of plastic. However, there’s still plenty you can do to enhance your travelling experience and protect the planet. One of the most common plastic items used by tourists is single-use beverage bottles. The best solution to this problem is to invest in a quality reusable water bottle. A water bottle with a built-in purifier will be the best choice for everyone who travels to areas with suspicious water quality. Consider switching to refillable toiletry bottles to reduce plastic waste. If you change your eating habits you can also contribute to eco-friendly vacationing. Instead of ordering takeout, dine in. That way, you won’t use plastic containers, cups, and utensils. Consider packing your own reusable container and utensils.Eco-friendly travelling will benefit all of us. Therefore, look for all the possible ways to implement sustainable habits into your holidays. Protecting our planet should be a priority if we want to ensure our kids’ bright future and a safe place to live in. We don’t have any other home, so we should strive towards protecting it in every way possible day after day.