I believe that travel ingrains a heightened sense of awareness of our planet, a sensitivity to other cultures and helps us to look at things from a global scale. But what if there was a way you could minimise the impact on the planet whilst exploring its magnificence?
Here are 9 simple ways to ensure you're keeping it uber eco-friendly on your travels...
Carry a waterbottle
I understand that in a lot of countries water refills may cause illness, but check the hotel or hostel you’re staying at as they may have a large water tank you can use. For most of Europe, Canada, US, Australia and other developed countries there’s no excuse not to carry a reusable bottle and fill it up at the tap.
Say no to straws
Yes, that fresh coconut pic at sunset will look even more insta-heaven with a straw in the top – but that plastic creation will be littering that beach forever. If your cocktail just isn’t a cocktail without one, purchase a metal or bamboo straw and take it on the road with you.
Choose accommodation wisely
Keep calm and carry a reusable bag
Sometimes it’s hard to turn down a plastic bag when you’re shopping in markets. We believe in you traveller, stay strong, kindly smile and let them now you have one already. If that fails frantically begin putting the items in your own bag before they get there with the plastic first.
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Work those legs
When exploring new destinations, so many hidden spots can be uncovered with a long walking sesh. Plus, you’re not on a time frame right? So, release that inner adventurer and walk on foot for hours. Need to cover more ground? Grab a bike and cycle it – a great way of seeing the sights and burning off that ‘I’m on my holiday’ indulgent food.
Embrace local living
When in Rome (or, you know – anywhere,) do as the locals do. Eat locally grown food, visit craft and farmers markets for local produce, hear the locals’ stories and respect your surroundings.
Travel with a purpose
Heading somewhere for a little longer? Why not volunteer in local projects that help benefit the local community and its surrounds. Think working with elephants, helping to maintain coral and teaching children so they can thrive in the future.
Swap beef for beef tomato
With veganism on the rise and nations like India and Asia whizzing up delicious veggie dishes – travellers no longer have to stress about going meat free. Tip: learn the word for no meat/ vegetarian (or other allergies) so you can communicate your food requirements to restaurant staff.
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