How to Travel Green
by Sofia Angeli
Everyone leaves a carbon footprint when travelling. Whether is from the things you purchase or how you travel, affecting your environment is inevitable. Nevertheless, there are many ways you can minimize the impact of your trip on nature. The following are some tips that can help you do that:
Reduce Plastic Use
Plastic is non-biodegradable and is a major pollutant to land and seas. While they can be useful, the cost to natural resources outweighs their worth. By simply packing a few canvas bags on your trip for shopping you can opt to go without them.
Aside from refusing plastic bags when possible, the best way to lessen plastic waste is by avoiding plastic bottles. Bottled water or beverages is a major contributor to plastic wastes. Admittedly, this is one tip that is quite difficult to do. Bottled water is an essential of any traveller. On budgeted cheap flights to Delhi for work, I found that opting to purchase larger bottled water allowed me to lessen my plastic consumption and save more money. Notably, a 1.5 liter lasted me about 2 days, reducing plastic wastes to about half. A good tip would be to bring a water canteen that you can refill. It’ll keep you from buying plastic bottled water, and allow you to save some cash as well.
Opt for Alternative Transportation
The best way to see a city is on foot or on bike. Slow travel allows you to immerse yourself in a country’s culture. Look for walking or bike tours when possible. To lower your carbon footprint, commute like the locals on buses and trains rather than hiring a car to drive you around. It can be good to even purchase maps that show walking paths or foot traffic in the area you are visiting. This way you are not limited in your trip by taking cabs or rented cars.
Book Your Trip DIY
Don’t get stuck with tour packages. More often than not, these kinds of trips try to move people around as fast as they can in tour buses. Instead of going through the rhythms with the other tourists, book the trip on your own. This way you will get to see the sights more and on a slower pace. Likewise, it will allow you to spend more money on the local economy. If you are not sure how to go about planning your trip, you may still use tour package as a basis for your itinerary. But, it would be best if you can deal with the locals directly rather than go through a third-party our guide.
Green travel like a green lifestyle is not easy, but it is not impossible. By doing your part, you ensure that the natural wonders you visit will remain pristine for the next generation to visit in the years to come.
About the Author:
Sofia Angeli is a PR & communications consultant for companies in various industries. In particular, she brings her different skills and passions for culture and travel to the online world. She recommends http://travelexperience.net46.net as a smart and affordable way to travel.