We’re all about travelling, but with 715 million annual international arrivals worldwide, the carbon footprint is getting big. We wanted to share a few tips on how to minimize your impact on the environment without sacrificing your wanderlust.
- During the planning stages:
- • Select eco-friendly lodging. Do a little research and find a good green company. Things to look for include: recycling programs and hotel principles that reduce consumption (i.e. they use energy-conscious products)
• Instead of renting a car, book a hotel with close public transportation that you can utilize during your visit.
• Check-in to your flight online and use an electronic ticket. This helps reduce paper waste.
- Before you head out:
- • Pack lighter. By being picky, you take the necessities and avoid over packing that can create excess trash.
• If you aren’t aware, appliances that remain plugged in, even in the off mode, will use energy. Prior to leaving, unplug unnecessary appliances like your TV.
• Set your water heater and thermostat low for the duration of your trip so it isn’t wasted.
- During your trip:
- • Reuse towels during your stay to conserve water.
• Turn appliances and the lights off when you leave your room.
• Use re-chargeable batteries.
• If you’re hiking, stay on the main trail. Doing so will help preserve the area and helps avoid destroying the vegetation.
• Don’t remove wildlife from its natural habitat. This includes small things like flowers or coral.
• Try to recycle even if it may be inconvenient.
- Post trip:
- • Give feedback to your hotel or tour guides concerning their eco-friendly habits. Let them know you appreciate their efforts.
• Share your tips on responsible travelling to friends and family.
If you’re gearing up for your next adventure, consider the eco-friendly route. A good rule to go by is to try to leave it better than you found it. So next time you plan a vacation, try to make a positive impact by reducing, reusing and recycling.