Do you love to travel but you’re worried about your carbon footprint? Well, worry not! Here are 7 green travel tips to travel responsibly.
1. Reduce and re-use.
It is actually quite practical to reduce and re-use while travelling. A great example is with water bottles. It is important to stay hydrated during travel, and one way to do this in an eco-friendly manner is to carry re-usable water bottles with you. You can fill and refill the water bottles using water from local sources. Another example is with towels and sheets. You can choose to re-use your towels and sheets during your stay at a hotel just like you would at home.
A lot of cities have bicycle lanes now, and biking has become widely recognize as a green means of transportation. Bikes are also great for use in small towns and villages. Biking is cheaper and it has the added advantage of providing you with a means to exercise while travelling, thus also making you healthier.
3. Rent a hybrid car.
If biking is not for you, try renting a hybrid car. Hybrid cars have great mileages meaning that not only will they be better for the environment, but they’ll also be friendlier to your pocket.
4. Use public transport.
Buses, trams, and trains present great ways of getting around. Not to mention, if you’re a tourist, you’ll find that there will be buses and trams running in a circuit around the best and most popular tourist spots. Public transport also tends to be the safest transportation mode when you’re in an unfamiliar place.
5. Stay in green hotels.
If you chose to stay in a hotel, you could go the extra mile of checking into a green hotels. Green hotels feature recycling services, clean energy, locally-sourced foods, and natural lighting, amongst others. If you find yourself in a hotel that doesn’t have green practices, you can always give your feedback and encourage them to go green. And don’t forget to lead by example!
6. Buy local.
Locally-sourced items are more sustainable. This is because they don’t have to be transported over long distances, thus reducing carbon emissions. They’re also cheaper because there aren’t any travel and/or customs costs to them. Additionally, locally-sourced foods tends to be fresher.
7. Go for low-carbon recreational activities.
Low-carbon activities are those that have little to no carbon emissions. Examples of low-carbon activities include: snorkelling, trekking, cable car riding, and mountain climbing.