Top 10 Eco-Friendly Travel Tips
Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, the old travel adage is no longer “Take only pictures, leave only footprints”. Here are 10 easy ecotourism tips that will help you travel more responsibly and also leave a positive impact on indigenous climate, nature, wildlife and culture.
1. Pack Light
Less is more. The weight of luggage weighs in on the environment. Eco-travel tips are to pack light and pack items that can be worn multiple times and hand washed quickly and dried during your trip.
2. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Participate in eco-friendly transportation options like biking, walking, trains, ferries and public transits. It will also add to a green travel experience by providing opportunities to interact with locals.
3. Avoid Waste
Pack a reusable BPA-free water bottle which you can refill instead of using plastic water bottles that end up in our landfills. Don’t just toss trash away, hold onto it until you find an recycle bin. For souvenirs to tote, use reusable cloth bags to use while shopping.
4. Use Re-chargeable Batteries
For your camcorders and camera's, an eco-travel tip is to bring a charger and re-chargeable batteries. Disposable batteries leach toxic chemicals into the earth.
5. Be A Smarter Shopper
This starts by when you book your green travel itinerary. Look for destinations that make preservation and sustainability a priority. Travel local; cut out runway time by just one five-hour flight and your carbon footprint will be a lot lighter.
6. Plan for Eco-Friendly Lodging
Before booking a hotel, consider choosing eco-friendly lodging. Many hotels are using alternative forms of green energy through third party certifications such as ISO 14001, Green Key, Green Globe, LEED building certification, and state certification programs. While those may not always be guaranteed, stay at an off-grid hotel, saving roughly 37 pounds of CO2 per day or property off the oceanfront as it won’t contribute to beach erosion.
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7. Save Energy & Water
Consider conserving water by taking shorter showers and re-use sheets and towels for multiple days. Conserve energy by turning the lights off in the hotel room when you leave and place the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door so that housekeeping won’t clean your room every day.
8. Eat Local
If the foods you consume haven’t been flown or trucked in, you’re saving significant emissions. Eco-travel tip is to make every effort you can to seek out and support local businesses that grow, sell and serve locally-sourced ingredients.
9. Turn off Screen Time
Other than using some travel apps that may benefit you before your eco-friendly trip, but keep your screen time to a minimum and simply turn it off. Ask a local for directions or dinner recommendations which would be more stimulating than staring at some app on your phone.
10. Stick To The Rules
Be mindful when visiting and leave nature in its natural environment. Leave nothing behind and do not remove anything like flowers, shells, coral or rocks. When hiking, always stay on marked trails and maintain a safe distance from any animals you encounter.