There’s nothing better than seeing this wonderful planet in all of its glory, right? While we love visiting new destinations and checking out the natural world, there’s no doubt about the fact that our planet is struggling under the weight of the human race right now. From rising sea levels to unprecedented temperatures, our natural environment just doesn’t know how to cope. Of course, there are countless measures that we can take to live more sustainably and embrace an eco-friendly lifestyle to help our planet recover – but that doesn’t mean that you have to stop travelling altogether. In fact, you just have to follow these simple rules to reduce your carbon footprint next time you travel.
Carbon Offset Your Flight
You probably don’t need us to tell you that flights aren’t very eco-friendly. One flight could emit as much CO2 as one singular person does in a whole year, and that’s a lot of pressure on the environment for a summer holiday. Thankfully, there are so many companies out there who are willing to help out – and we couldn’t be more thankful for them. When offsetting your flight, you simply pay a little extra money to a company – like MyClimate – who will partner with organisations and administrations to reduce greenhouse gases and work together to compensate for this footprint.
Embrace Zero-Waste Travel
Packing for your travel adventure isn’t easy – especially if you only have a small backpack or suitcase. Because of this, some people decide to fill their luggage with throw-away items that they can get rid of when they’ve finished with them. We’re talking about single-use water bottles they buy from the airport, bottled toiletries that make their way into the trash when they’re empty, and more. However, by embracing zero-waste travel you can drastically reduce your carbon footprint next time you travel. You could take a reusable water bottle with you, or even fill your own reusable bottles with the shampoo, conditioner, and other toiletries of your choice to reduce this unnecessary waste.
Use Public Transport
When you get to the destination of your choice, it can be easy to hail yourself a cab or hire a car so that you can explore on your own terms. However, it’s safe to say that this isn’t very eco-friendly. If you can, try and use public transport as much as possible. Many countries, towns, and cities have put measures in place to make their public transport even more sustainable and eco-friendly, and one bus’s emissions while transporting 50 people is so much better than one car’s emissions as it transports just one person or couple.
Stay In Eco-Friendly Accomodation
Where do you like to stay when you travel? Hotels? Hostels? Airbnbs? No matter your choice in accommodation, try to make sure that you pick somewhere that’s eco-friendly. There are so many amazing hotels and other accommodation options around the world that are accepting the fact that they play a part in our future – and so they are working hard to be as eco-friendly as possible. It could be that you choose a hotel that runs on renewable energy, it could be that you stay in a treehouse off-the-grid, or it could be that a hostel is working hard to lower their water consumption. All of these factors will help reduce your carbon footprint.
Eat Locally-Sourced Food
One of the best things about travelling to new and exciting locations is that you get to embrace new cultures and cuisines – and we love nothing more than chowing down on delicious food. When you head off on your next adventure, though, be sure to only eat in local restaurants that serve locally-sourced food. Not only does this support those who live in the local area, but it also means that your produce or meat didn’t have to travel too far to make its way to your plate. Your food’s carbon footprint also becomes your carbon footprint, so it’s best to avoid anything not locally-sourced.
Choose A “Green” Destination
When choosing your travel destination, you probably just choose the location that jumps out at you the most. However, have you ever thought about how “green” this country is? There are countless countries across the globe that try to avoid talking about climate change, so why would you want to visit these countries? Instead, opt for a destination that has been putting noticeable changes into place. It’s super easy to find a list of the greenest countries in the world, but if you want our advice, the likes of Iceland, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Finland, and Mauritius top our list.
Many people assume that they have to stop travelling altogether if they want to reduce their carbon footprint, but that isn’t the case at all. There are so many ways to reduce your carbon footprint when you’re travelling, which means that you can still explore what this wonderful planet has to offer.