A Guide to Eco Friendly Travel

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.

Pack light

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.

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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.

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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.

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Keep Your Flight Boarding Pass and Get Discounts on Your Vacation

After boarding a flight, most people just stuff their boarding pass into their carry-on and forget about it. By doing this, you’re missing out on potential savings. Many airlines offer discounts and freebies for those who keep their boarding pass. Depending on where you land, you could score savings on tourist attractions, restaurants, wine, or even airport transfers.

The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.