The world is a beautiful place and there is so much out there, just waiting for you to discover. However, it’s important that you travel as eco-consciously as you can so the world can be enjoyed in its finest for future generations to come. You don’t have to completely upheave the way you travel, as there are plenty of little steps you can follow to help reduce your carbon footprint. Where should you start? What small changes can you make to become a more eco-conscious traveller?
It’s not just the physical art of travelling where you can do your bit to help the planet. Even picking a place to stay can make a difference. When planning your trip, commit a bit of time to research environmentally friendly accommodation options. Whether this is hotels which embrace renewable energy or picking a local’s apartment where you can control your energy output. If you do opt for a hotel, don’t get fresh towels every day and make sure to switch the lights off.
Pick Your Transport
One of the most effective ways you can help the environment when you travel is to carefully consider which mode of transport you’ll take. Whether you opt to stay in the UK to cut down on carbon emissions, take the train to Europe, or make the choice to go on a mini cruise – there are plenty of ways you can get out and see the world that offer a more environmentally-friendly option than flying. Jules Verne, for instance, offers cruises from all over the world.
This leads nicely on to this reminder: just because you’re on holiday, doesn’t mean you can leave your good habits at home. Maintain your recycling throughout your trip. Try and avoid single use plastics where you can. You can really help yourself out here by being prepared with your packing. Bring your reusable water bottle, travel coffee cup and tote bag. Is there anything else you can think of which can help you reduce waste while you’re away?
Becoming an eco-conscious traveller involves thinking about the world around you in a wide number of ways. When you visit a new place, it’s important you try to support local businesses as you go. This will encourage local economic growth and help the community in the long-term. Plus, not to mention visiting local haunts, can give you a real feel for the place you’re visiting, rather than just going to a chain you can find anywhere. You can also find some additional travel ideas which support local communities if you do some research.
Seeing the world is one of the most rewarding things you can do, and it’s because of people like you that people of the future will get to see it. What are ways you help the environment when you travel?