General travel tips
5 Tips you should definitely do to travel more sustainably
Actually, travel is not at all ecological or sustainable and not good for our wonderful planet that we love to explore. Of course, stopping traveling would be a drastic rule, which in turn would make us very unhappy. But there are a few things you can watch out for so you still save the planet some. That’s why we offer these 5 tips for traveling more sustainably. Because the difference starts with yourself!
1 Plan carefully and take your time
Planning your trip well is actually a good start. For example, when driving a car, make sure you don’t take unnecessary detours. Or don’t always take the car on vacation and try public transportation as well (especially for small trips). Also, when organizing your flights, you definitely need to plan well. For example, it would be very stupid to travel first to the north of the country and then go south and then back to the north. This is not only inefficient but also produces a lot of emissions that are actually avoidable. You can also avoid airplanes, as they are the least environmentally friendly. So you can see at least as much by car or even train. Even though these are not completely good for the environment either…they are better than an airplane. And sometimes even less expensive.
2 Leaving it clean
Always leave your locations clean and especially if you are staying in nature. And we really mean everything, because a small piece of plastic, for example, can cause an animal to see this as food and choke on it. By the way, do not leave food in nature either, as there are animals that then store it in their nest for the winter. And then when winter comes, this food is moldy and they starve. So never feed animals in the wild either.
3 Avoid plastic
Avoiding plastic is perhaps the most well-known tip for traveling more sustainably and just living more sustainably in general. Yet, little to almost nothing is done with this tip. To make up the difference, for example, it’s better to buy a water bottle that you can refill every time instead of separate bottles. Or you can use reusable jars. Or bring a reusable bag to do your shopping with so you don’t have to use plastic bags. Especially in Mexico, you are then doing a good job for the planet (there they give almost a plastic bag for every product). Also avoid the little soaps in your hotel, they really create tons of unnecessary plastic! So taking your own shower gel and shampoo is good for the environment! Unless you also buy these in small plastic bottles… Then this tip isn’t much use.
4 Water consumption
Avoid excess water consumption and especially in countries where there is already a water shortage. Even if your hotel has a bathtub, prefer to take a shower. It can sometimes make a huge difference without making you any less clean. Or don’t have your room cleaned by the hotel every time, even if it’s free, because having your sheets changed every day is really not necessary and consumes a lot otherwise. A washing machine not only guzzles a lot of water but also uses a lot of energy.
5 Compensate for your exhaust
Today, there are websites such as Greentripper.org that make sure you go back to offsetting your carbon impact from your trip. Here you can calculate what your emissions were from your last trip and can then make a (small) donation based on this data. This money is then used to take actions to help the environment. Greenseat.co.uk also has a similar way of working. A beautiful initiative!
What do you do?
This was our list to travel more sustainably. We hope you are already applying these tips in your daily life and travel. You want our nature to remain untouched, don’t you? As travelers, we feel this is very important. Otherwise, what do we have left to discover on this planet?
Do you do any other things yourself to travel more sustainably? If so, be sure to let us know in our comments. Then maybe we can apply them too!