Traveling is a fun and exciting hobby for many people, but unfortunately, it is not the most environmentally-friendly practice. Luckily, there are affordable ways for travelers to decrease their environmental impact and travel more sustainably. Read more on how to reduce that travel guilt.
Before the Trip
Long before going on vacation, eco-conscious travelers should consider how they can cut down on the total amount of transportation their trip or trips will require. Taking fewer long trips will have a smaller negative impact on the environment than taking a larger number of short trips because it cuts down on the total amount of time spent traveling. As a bonus, this will help to save money as well. Immediately before a trip, travelers should take some time to think about what they are bringing with them. Since transporting heavier luggage requires more fuel, being selective about what gets packed and what does not can help keep vacations more sustainable.
Even after limiting the time spent traveling, transportation to and from a vacation destination can have a substantial environmental impact. Travelers can cut down on this impact by choosing the most reliable option available.
If possible, travelers should consider taking a train or public transportation to their destination because these options are more sustainable than flying. If flying cannot be avoided, choosing eco-conscious airlines and efficient flights (those that transport many passengers at a time without using more space) are both excellent options.
Even though traveling to and from a vacation destination has the most significant environmental impact, there are eco-friendly choices that tourists can make while on vacation as well. For example, many destinations are great for walking or biking, so driving or relying on public transportation can be largely avoided. This also helps cut down on costs since travelers do not have to pay for public transport or rent a car.
Staying away from popular, overcrowded tourist destinations is an excellent choice since overtourism puts a heavy strain on an area’s natural resources. Less popular locations and experiences tend to be less expensive as well. Finally, travelers looking to buy souvenirs should make an effort to purchase sustainable products. Avoiding plastic products and buying local goods is recommended.