We are sheltered under the wings of our planet earth; it is our home, and that is why being an advocate of eco-friendly lifestyle is important, but what’s more important is putting our words to real action. People around the world love to travel and explore, but what they fail to do is clean up their trash when they leave. Eco-friendly travelling is not just related to camping and hiking but it is a much broader term that reflects our love for the environment.
As long as we are trying to be more environmentally conscious, we are doing our part. While travelling, our responsibility is to leave no trace behind but footprints, regardless of wherever we go. We have listed some of the top tips which will help you with eco-friendly travel.
- Plastic Bags Are a Big No: Plastic bags usually don’t decompose and end up polluting the land or the ocean. When travelling, it is best not to carry plastic bags at all and replace them with reusable produce bags
- Limit Your Essentials: The more luggage you carry, the more carbon emissions it will produce, try to limit your essentials and pack just the necessities.
- Choose Public Transport Over Private Transport: Traveling from public transport will be helpful because it will reduce the amount of carbon emissions and also you will get an opportunity to interact with locals.
- Prioritize Local Products: Trying localtreats and drinks help you cut the carbon footprint of your food and snacks. Eating local food makes a vacation far more venturesome while helping you play your role in combating global warming.
- Un-Plug Electric Boards: Before leaving for a trip, whether it’s a weekend trip or a long-term trip, un-plug all the electric switches in your home. This not only saves electricity but will also save you money.
- Leave No Trace Behind: Our ultimate mission is not to leave any traces of our presence behind but footprints. We must clean that place even better than we have found it. Especially in case of campsites, most of the trekkers leave campsites absolutely trashed. The trash then finds its way into the ecosystem causing more damage to the environment. Avoid that and clean up before you leave.
- Consider The Hotel As Your Home: Another helpful tip is to remember to treat a hotel room just like you treat yourself at home, avoid wasting the electricity by keeping the T.V turned on unnecessarily, don’t waste a lot of water by taking long showers, and when you leave the room, turn off all the electrical appliances. Energy conservation is as important outside as it is at home.
- Prioritize Travelling With A Small Group: It is a fact that smaller groups tend to have less of an environmental impact and that is why it is advised to travel with smaller groups. And even in a really small group, make sure everyone is responsible enough to conserve energy, clean behind oneself and avoid causing damage to the natural ecosystem in anyway.