With expensive eco-huts in the rainforest and sustainable travel awareness on the rise with eco options popping up everywhere, it can be difficult to know which is the most environmentally beneficial answer, but also how can you travel in an eco-sustainable way without it costing a tonne!
Now I am not here to tell you that everything you do has to be sustainable and sustainable travel is the only way to travel because it isn’t and it can be hard to travel this way the time, I by no means am perfect and don’t get it right all the time but I do try where I can which is what I ask of all of you.
So how do we travel more sustainably?
Using public transport
If you can getting on a bus or train instead of a taxi, using a boat to get somewhere instead of flying can all help lower carbon emissions as well as costing less money at times too! If you are going on a road trip with friends try and cut down the number of vehicles that you all take can be another way to lower the amount of CO2 produced.
You could also look to offset your flights but this can cost more money for a ready expensive flight, but if this is something you chose to do I would suggest looking into how the flights are offset and who is it benefiting in the long run.
Taking your water bottle with help the number of single-use plastics and the cost of buying bottled water all the time you can even buy filtering water bottles so you know that you can use the tap water wherever you are.
Taking a cotton reusable bag for when you go shopping as well as metal straw and reusable cutlery that way you don’t need the single-use version but if you go somewhere that doesn’t offer it you have your own and no need to worry.
This one isn’t always available to people as it does depend on how long you can spend in an area, but taking your time when travelling not only gives you chance to explore more of an area and the culture but will help lower the amount of carbon of your trip overall as well as helping the local economy
Going to the local restaurants and hotels compared to the chains that you see across the world makes your travels sustainable as you are supporting the local economy compared to the big chain back in the US or UK.
This local economic growth for the people will go a long way in helping a country to develop more and be less dependent on tourism for most of the countries income, things such as COVID have brought this to life with some countries which desperately need tourism to open again.
Travel in the low season
This option has so many benefits, not only is travelling in the off/low season quieter and cheaper it helps out the locals!
While there are masses of tourism in the summer months and people makes lots of money the locals and the countries economy overall struggle more in the winter months as there is less of an income so travelling in the low season gives the local area a boost.
Plus with prices being cheaper and fewer people around you can explore the culture and local area a lot more, you quite possibly get more of a personalised experience depending on how many people are around and with lower prices travel for longer!
Hopefully, this post has provided you with more of an idea on how you can travel a little more sustainably in the future, but remember no one is perfect and while you may not be able to do all of these things listed having a go at even one or two of them will be a great way to help support the little blue planet we live on.
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