I confess I’m no expert in sustainable travel and how we can reduce our environmental footprint when traveling. But I am learning and being more conscious of the impact we have when traveling just by boarding a plane. As travelers, I think we should take this into consideration. I’ve gathered some of the things I’ve learned and am currently doing when going abroad to encourage others in this way of travel.
What is environmental footprint?
Simply put this is our damage on planet Earth produced by the way we eat, travel, and our consumers’ lifestyle in general versus the capacity of planet Earth to regenerate.
Sustainable travel: A way to reduce your environmental footprint
More than a fad I like to think sustainable travel is a conscious way of traveling where we choose to have a positive impact on the places we travel instead of negative ones. It’s being conscious that we are lucky to visit other people’s homes and we have to respect, conserve and support their culture and ecosystem.
Think about all the places where you have massive tourism, imaging living there. Won’t you like some respect and a little bit less of chaos being a local? If you have a small business, wouldn’t it be nice to have some tourists shop there instead of the big corporate one?
How to reduce your environmental footprint when traveling?
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle when traveling
This is a basic one and after living in Europe for some time I’m sure you can dispose of your resides in recycle cans when visiting European countries. If you’re not sure where to recycle ask a local.
I know for example in the Carribean this might be an issue. in cases like this, some lodges and hotels also have this service available and surely the reception area can help.
Pack your reusable bottle to reduce plastic use
While it is sometimes so basic sometimes we do forget to bring our own water bottle. Especially when traveling to places where tap water is not recommended. When traveling to this places a water bottle purificator can help you with your plastic-free goal.
If you are one who likes to pack lunches for a quick bite and keep exploring then bing your own food containers! Easy as that.
Diversify diet for a sustainable travel
So I’m not here to convert anyone to a specific diet, especially when I’m not a dietitian. But let’s be mindful of what we eat, how it got to our plates and if it has a harmful effect on the environment. The meat industry leads to deforestation, excessive use of water and greenhouse gas emissions, etc. especially in underdeveloped countries.
Tip. Eat some veggies, dry goods, and foods that aren’t packed in plastic or cans.
Getting on an airplane has a great impact on the environment. Whenever you have the chance, opt for a local trip. We can find adventure in the neighboring city as well. Say hello to saving and opt for the long trip once in a while.
When we shop local chances are we can find unpacked products whilst supporting the small business owners.
Go on sustainable eco-friendly tours
Try to find does who support locals and promote local culture while taking care of their patrimony and environment.
Check this example of an eco-friendly tour in Cancun.
There are many ways we can support sustainable travel. It just takes a conscious mind and some research on how we can be better travelers. Let me know hat other ways do you contribute to it?!
Tip. Use a bike whenever you can and explore distant places!
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