While enjoying your vacation, use these 10 eco-friendly travel tips to reduce your carbon footprint and your impact on the environment.
First, I’ll give you the list of 10 basic eco-friendly vacation ideas to make less of an impact on the environment, then I’ll elaborate on each point.
10 Eco-Friendly Travel Tips
In a nutshell, here are 10 ways to have an eco-friendlier holiday:
- Choose low-carbon transport whenever possible. If you can’t, then consider offsetting the emissions.
- Go for the eco-friendly travel options and packages. They’re becoming more common.
- Consider spending more time in one place instead of “hopping around” to multiple destinations.
- If you’re comfortable with it, go paperless for your tickets and documents.
- Make sure your souvenirs don’t affect endangered or protected species.
- Don’t partake in activities that may be cruel or unethical for animals.
- Follow green routines as if you were at home with lights, water, etc.
- Skip all-inclusive buffets that waste food and order only what you intend to consume.
- Use your own reusable water bottle when you can and have it refilled with safe water.
- Don’t buy a whole new travel wardrobe.
Use these ideas and tweak them to suit your travel plans for a holiday that creates good memories and less harm to the planet.
If you want more detail about each tip, keep reading below.
1. Choose Low-Carbon Transport or Offset Emissions
If you need to fly to your destination, the flight is going to create your heaviest carbon footprint. However, you can offset the effect by doing something such as planting trees.
When on the ground, try to choose low-emission modes of transportation such as hybrid and electric vehicles, bicycles, or walking tours. You can also travel by bus or train to avoid driving a vehicle for long distances.
2. Go for Green Travel Packages
When you think about it, it isn’t realistic to do away with travel or tourism. Doing so would negatively impact many countries from an economic point of view, so it really isn’t a good idea.
Instead of avoiding travel, look for the eco options when you choose a travel package or accommodations. Many places offer holidays designed to support local economies and reduce the negative impact.
3. Spend More Time at One Destination
You’ll also cut down your carbon footprint by spending more time at one destination instead of “hopping” from one place to another by boat, bus, or airplane.
You may also find your holiday more rewarding if you take time to immerse yourself in one local culture rather than trying to skim across a bunch of attractions that you’ll find jumbled together in your mind later.
4. Use Paperless Tickets and Documents
With everything online and the current technology, it’s easier than ever to go paperless with your tickets and documents for your travel and accommodation arrangements.
Of course, this is only something you should consider if you’re comfortable with doing things this way. It’s important to understand the process and proceed safely.
5. Don’t Endanger Species with Souvenirs
Be very careful when you purchase souvenirs for your trip. There are many endangered animals and species at risk in the world, and you don’t want to contribute to the problem.
Make sure that what you choose isn’t at the expense of an animal that has been sacrificed to create the memento.
6. Avoid Cruel and Unethical Behavior to Animals
Continuing with the idea of avoiding cruelty to animals, make sure any activities you take part in do not mistreat animals. It’s easy to be fooled in a strange place where you may not fully comprehend the context of what you’re seeing.
You’ll need to do careful research to make sure any tourist attractions involving animals aren’t part of unethical or cruel behavior toward them.
7. Stick to Green Routines
There is no need to interrupt your green routines because you’re on holiday. The environment never stops needing our care and protection.
So, continue to practice things like recycling, turning off lights, reducing the amount of water you use, and cutting out food waste (covered in the next section).
8. Skip the All-Inclusive Buffet
Just like at home, you can reduce food waste while you travel. One of the best ways you can do this is to skip the all-inclusive buffet and only order what you intend to eat.
It’s very tempting to go for the all-inclusive deals and to dine at buffets for the budget advantages, but it isn’t the best use of our planet’s food resources. If you can afford to, try to make conscious food choices on your vacation.
9. Carry a Reusable Water Bottle
And finally, just as you would at home, carry a reusable water bottle instead of purchasing single-use plastic bottles.
However, don’t do this at the risk of having safe water to drink when you’re in places you aren’t sure of. Make a smart choice for your health first, then the eco-friendly option when it’s possible.
10. Don’t Buy a Travel Wardrobe
We know the garment industry is very bad for the environment, so try to resist the impulse to rush out and buy a whole new wardrobe for your holiday.
Make do with pieces you already own, and if you do make purchases, try to source them from an eco-friendly clothing company.
So, there you have 10 eco-friendly travel tips to get you started tailoring a holiday that leaves less impact on the environment and the earth’s resources. You can still enjoy your vacation while you care for the planet.
More and more travel agents and destinations are working to accommodate people who are eco-conscious and demand better consideration for our impact on the Earth.