There are plenty of ways to travel more responsibly and sustainably which can simply be the choices that you make or small actions you decide to do, which may feel like they make a tiny difference and perhaps you may feel, ‘what’s the point,’ but if everyone collectively tried to make a small difference in their own ways, there will ultimately be a bigger cumulative impact thus positively impacting the wonderful planet we live on and will help protect our resources.
Here are some ways in which to be a more responsible and sustainable traveller.
1. Where possible try and book direct flights rather than flying via multiple destinations to try and reduce carbon emissions.
2. Research into the hotels you are thinking of staying at to see if they have sustainability initiatives which can range from having a recycling program, biodegradable toiletries, solar power, energy efficient lighting, hiring local staff, on site organic food production, etc
3. Carry a BPA-free water bottle with you which you can refill and save you money and reduce the need to purchase single use plastic bottles. Carry a metal straw, or paper straws or even bamboo straws to limit the use of plastic straws. I came across one recently which now permanently lives in my handbag by Last Straw Official, who sell a reusable and portable telescopic straw with keychain case.
4. Try and take more showers in favour of baths to reduce the amount of water wastage.
5. Hang up your towels after you have used them which indicates that the hotel can leave them behind as you will be re-using them. There is no need to have towels washed after every use.
6. . When you leave your room, if you don’t have a room that is powered by your key card, remember to turn off all lights, heat/AC etc.
7. Take any leftover toiletries with you to use on future travels as anything you leave behind will just be thrown away.
8. Carry a bag with you and try to pick up any trash you may see on beaches, in parks etc.
9. Don’t book any unethical animal experiences. Always do your research properly. If in doubt, read my article which outlines venues to avoid.
10. Try and buy locally made produce where possible to support the local trade, whether it is in supermarkets, corner stores or even on the streets.
Do you have suggestions on how to be a more responsible and sustainable traveller? Let me know in the comments below xx