8 Easy Tips for Travel Eco-Friendly
- Eco Friendly Tips
- April 22, 2019
Eco-friendly traveling is so much broader and includes so many smaller yet still “green” activities that are all a part of what it means to be an eco-friendly traveler. While some people take green travel to the extreme, no matter what decisions you make during your travels, try your best to be more environmentally conscious in your travel.
The best and easiest phrase to remember when traveling is to leave no trace. This concept means to leave nothing behind but footprints, no matter where you go.
If you care about the environment and you also love to travel, there are some simple ways that you can be greener while doing it. Here are top 8 tips for eco-friendly traveling you can try in your eco-friendly traveling:
1. Bring a spill-proof aluminum water bottle
Plastic bottles account for a lot of waste. With the simple change of bring a spill-proof reusable, eco-friendly water bottle into your bag, you’re set. This is the first most important change that you can make that will keep your trip greener.
2. Unplug your home to Save Energy
Before you leave your home for a trip, make sure unplug everything in your home. This not only saves electricity but also saves you money.
4. Use public transportation or walk
Taking public transport is one of the best things you can do for the environment when traveling. It means you’re not creating any additional carbon emissions from private transport.
5. Don’t bag it
You want memories of your holiday to last for years, but 500 years is far too long. Plastic bags can take up to 500 years to biodegrade so take a re-useable Grocery bag with you when you go to local markets.
6. Choose eco-hotels
There are many eco-friendly hotels/hostels popping up all over the world, which make great choices to help offset those emissions you caused by getting to the travel destination. Ask questions about the hotel such as solar power, rainwater harvesting, energy-efficient lighting, and low-flow toilets.
7. Save Energy in hotel
When you leave your hotel room, always turn off all lights, heat/AC, and television. Closing the curtains and blinds can help keep out the heat of the sun in summer.
8 Leave no trace
No matter where you travel, the only thing you should leave behind is footprints. That means picking up a few pieces of trash we see on the beach or in the forest and tossing it in waste containers, so it doesn’t end up sinking into the ground or ocean.
Though it’s super important to consider your impact on the environment while traveling, So, while these tips can definitely be helpful for the world traveler, many of them can be applied right at home. Packing your own food or bringing a water bottle may be a barely notable change to you, but Mother Earth will thank you.