How To Travel More Sustainably

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Travel is a lot of fun and it’s a fantastic way to relax, discover more about the world, spend time with family and friends, and get to know yourself better. The only problem is that it’s not completely eco-friendly, which means some people might not want to do it because they’re worried about harming the planet.

That’s a perfectly reasonable concern to have, but it does mean you’re missing out on all the positives that travel can bring to your life. The good news is that there are ways to travel more sustainably, and if you’re careful and think about what you’re doing and how you’re doing it, you might just be able to truly enjoy the best of both worlds – you can travel and take care of the planet at the same time. With that in mind, keep reading to find out more.

Choose The Right Destination 

The first step when you’re arranging a trip or vacation is to pick the right destination, and that just happens to be the first step when you’re thinking of eco-friendly travel as well, which is handy! You’ll want to pick places that are known for taking care of the environment and that showcase their commitment clearly so you know you’re going to be able to help rather than hinder the planet. 

You’ll want to look for policies that each place has about recycling, promoting local culture (so there’s less stuff imported), and protecting the natural environment – there might be rules in place that mean you can’t do certain things, but if those rules are there to help the environment, that’s a good thing and shows you’re choosing the right place to go to. 

Use Sustainable Modes Of Transport

One of the biggest issues when it comes to travel and the environment is the way you get from home to wherever it is you’re going, as well as how you’ll travel around when you get there – you’ll need to pick sustainable modes of transport wherever possible. 

One great option is public transport, which you can research in advance so you’re ready to use it with confidence when you arrive at your destination – that research is particularly important if you’re going somewhere that speaks a different language because you’ll need to understand the signage ahead of time to stop you getting lost and confused. It’s also wise to look into eco-friendly flights to get there in the first place if flying can’t be avoided. 

Pack Sustainably 

Another thing you can do that’s going to help you travel more sustainably is to pack more sustainably, which might sound odd, but it’s actually quite easy. You can use reusable bags and containers to keep your things in, or invest in some specially made eco-friendly travel bags if you prefer – they can be reused so you won’t be throwing anything away and adding to any landfills. 

Why not also pack eco-friendly toiletries that are biodegradable or packaged in recyclable (or recycled) materials? That could involve solid shampoo bats, toothpaste tablets, and bamboo toothbrushes to name just a few items – you’ll need to take these things on your trip, so they may as well be good for the planet. 

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