We’re getting closer and closer to summer and everyone’s planning what they’re going to be doing this summer. I’m no exception. But while I love travelling, it has a huge impact on the environment. So today I wanted to talk about some of the ways that you can travel more sustainably.
It depends on where you’re going and with how many people. If your destination isn’t overseas and you’re going with a group of friends, you should turn your trip into a road trip! If, however, you’re going to that same place on your own, it’s much more eco-friendly to fly.
If you are flying somewhere, consider choosing one of the 30+ IATA (International Air Transport Association) member airlines who offer carbon offset programs to neutralize the aircraft’s carbon emissions by investing in carbon reduction projects.
Other great eco-friendly ways to travel are via bus, train or ship. They take a bit longer but also give you a chance to see more of whatever country you are in!
Bring your own water bottle!
I mentioned this one in my post on ways to reduce your ecological footprint. It’s so easy to bring your own water bottle and just fill it up with water whenever you need it. If you invest in a good one, it will even keep your water cold for longer, which is great if you’re going somewhere where it’s really hot.
- Walk, bike, or use public transportation to get around
- Don’t feed wild animals – they will become reliant on humans
- Buy locally-made (preferably hand-made) products
- Don’t buy anything made from endangered plants/animals, unsustainable hardwoods, or ancient artefacts
- Take your own reusable shopping bag
- Pack light – the less you take with you, the less fuel the plane will have to use.
- Check for green certifications at hotels and hostels
No matter where you go or how you do it, give something back to the country you’re visiting. This can be by doing some voluntourism work or working with a non-profit to provide supplies to local schools. It doesn’t take a lot of extra effort and it will make a huge difference to local communities.
If you have some other tips on how to make travelling more eco-friendly, I would love to hear them in the comments!