A modern dilemma that some of us nature lovers face is that while we want to shrink our ecological footprint, we also love to travel and see new places, which can have a negative impact on the environment. So, what’s an earth-friendly wanderer to do?
There are actually lots of ways that you can be environmentally conscious while you travel and if you really play your cards right, you could actually have a positive impact on the globe while still getting to see it. Here are 15 ways to enjoy an eco-friendly holiday.
Let’s face it, some of us are minimalists, while others are just born pack rats. Packing light isn’t easy. It’s tempting to bring extra clothes and shoes so that you can be prepared for any situation. But all that extra cargo requires fuel to lug it around, which increases your ecological impact. Simplifying your suitcase isn’t just a good way to save your arms from having to carry around all that stuff, it also helps to save the earth in a small way. Plan ahead and check the weather forecast before you pack to ensure that you’re only bring what you need.
Travel shorter distances
The world is a great big place that’s full of incredible wonders. We don’t blame you for wanting to see it all in your lifetime. But the further you travel from home, the more fuel that’s required for the trip, the bigger footprint you leave behind. Consider staying closer to home on your next trip. We’re willing to bet that there are some incredible vacation spots right in your own backyard. Aside from reducing your impact, you’re also helping to stimulate your local economy, which is just one more thing to feel good about.
If you have to fly, book non-stop flights
Travelling by air is by far the most wasteful way to travel. It uses the most amount of fuel and generally produces more carbon emissions per passenger than trains or cars do, depending on the distance. If you have to fly, try to book a non-stop flight as landings and takeoffs are actually responsible for almost 50% of air travel related carbon emissions.