Traveling can be distracting, as it is commonly a potent mix of excitement and stress. However, your nomadic tendencies should not draw attention away from your sustainable habits. There are numerous ways to make travel environmentally-friendly — several of which are overlooked on a daily basis, despite their simplicity.
Here are a few effective ways to be more sustainable while on the go.
Cut down on plastic
Traveling usually entails a lot of temporary living situations, from hotel rooms to disposal items, and with regards to the latter, a great sustainable travel habit is to cut down on plastic use as much as possible. Opt instead for locally purified water and recyclable materials like glass. If you must use plastic items, be sure to dispose of them in the most sustainable manner possible.
Keep recycling in mind
Expanding on the previous notion, be sure to keep recycling at the heart of all you do during travel. Check with hotels and modes of mass transportation to see if they employ a recycling program, for instance. If anything, compile recyclable items and dispose of all of them at once. This approach may seem inconvenient, but remember that every recycled item helps towards a much broader ecological movement.
Be mindful of travel methods
Sustainable travel can be as easy as choosing a more eco-friendly form of transportation. Non-stop flights, trains, and bicycles serve as some of the best travel methods in terms of reduced carbon emissions. When possible, try to walk to your destination and eliminate your carbon footprint all together.
Educate yourself on tour operators
If possible, conduct research on potential tour operators to find out if they lead a sustainable lifestyle. Some operators sacrifice such considerations at the expense of providing quick and convenient service to customers, which is logical in theory, but is ultimately detrimental to the environment as a whole. If all else fails, simply ask a tour guide or service employee if and how the service supports local wildlife, natural resources, and cultural heritage.
Watch water use
Traveling may warrant regular bathing, especially if you are regularly venturing into the thick of local wildlife environments. Still, it is a wise, from a sustainability standpoint, to restrict water use to moments where it is absolutely necessary. When you must freshen up, be sure to keep showers short and baths shallow.