7 Ways to Protect the Environment When Travelling
1. Go off-the-beaten-path
Overtourism is one of the biggest threats facing the travel industry!
During peak season, popular cities experience as much as a 70% population increase, resulting in strains on everything from infrastructure to the environment.
2. Pack zero waste, protect the environment
Reusable products and zero waste efforts help in reducing landfill garbage.
A bamboo toothbrush, for instance, comes in recyclable or no packaging at all.
Nowadays, it is much easier to incorporate sustainable items into our travel plans since they are becoming much more widely available.
3. Offset your carbon emissions
According to the World Economic Forum, about 3% of industrial emissions worldwide come from flights. However, due to its practicality, it is a mode of transportation that is unlikely to become obsolete anytime soon. Therefore, experts are increasingly urging travellers to offset their carbon footprint to lessen the environmental impact.
4. Carry a reusable water bottle
Buying bottled water for $2 a pop can quickly blow your travel budget. Refilling your water bottle from public water fountains and sinks, assuming the water is safe for drinking, can prevent you from having to purchase it.
Also, all those plastic bottles end up in landfills, so it’s good to do our part to protect the environment whenever possible.
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5. Hotel = House
A good idea is to behave in hotels as you would behave at home. Don’t take long showers, don’t get clean towels when they aren’t necessary, and remember to switch off the TV, lights, etc when you leave the room.
6. Pack lightly
It’s easy to forget how much stuff you actually need when you’re packing for a trip. Make sure you leave room in your bag for everything you might need, so you won’t end up having to buy more things than you planned.
7. Choose green hotels
Choose hotels that are environmentally friendly. Many hotels now offer green rooms, where guests can request certain amenities such as recycling bins, energy-efficient lighting, and eco-friendly cleaning products.