Pollution is quickly piling up around the Earth and altering the climate in disastrous ways. Because of the environmental impact of so much pollution all over the globe, tourists have begun to plan their trips to be environmentally friendly and eco-conscious.
If you’re planning a trip abroad, here are a few ways to make the least amount of impact on the environment will respecting the customs and culture of the country you’re visiting. These tips will help you save the Earth, but they’ll also help you save money and have more fun in the long run.
Pack Your Bag Carefully
When you pack your bag to travel around foreign countries, make sure to pack light. Packing light will save you quite a bit of money, as well as save your back from having to lug all of your possessions everywhere you go.
The plan will also save on CO2 if it doesn’t have to carry your suitcase full of things you don’t really need on your trip. Ask yourself if you truly need the items you’re packing and double check that each item serves and obvious and important purpose. You can also pack a number of green items that you can reuse and which don’t take too many resources to produce.
How Are You Traveling?
It’s become a common fact over the last few years that travelling by plane is extremely hurtful for the environment. Sometimes you won’t have a choice and will be forced to travel by plane, if the distance you’re traveling is simply too long to travel by car or boat, but always double check that a plane is not your only option.
There are also several differences in most air travel companies in terms of environmental impact and eco-consciousness. Do your research and choose the most environmentally friendly company before boarding the plane. Whenever possible, when you arrive at the country of your choice, do your best to travel by bike and foot.
Where Will You Stay?
There’s actually quite a difference accommodations can make in terms of environmental impact. You should stay someplace that’s consciously doing all it can to lessen its impact on the environment around itself. For example, instead of a massive, expensive hotel, you can stay at a house or homestay.
These will be closer to the wild and smaller, but their environmental imprint is much smaller, and you’ll be closer to the majesty of the nature you’ve traveled for. There are many places you can stay that are doing all they can to less then impact, so look around before choosing where you’ll be staying immediately.
Food And Drink
Your diet and beverage choice are huge parts of how you travel and how pleasant your experience will be overseas and abroad. Eating different foods allows you to taste the different parts of the world and see how different cultures and cities live outside of your own.
Eating and drinking is half the fun of traveling, but there are ways to eat and drink in an environmentally conscious way. For example, you can check if there are any “green restaurants” in your area. Of course, you don’t have to stick exclusively to vegan food, but places abroad prepare their food in several different ways and offer up food which may be doing more harm for the environment than good. Make sure you’re not adding to the environmental strife by thoroughly checking out where you eat before you go.
Follow Customs And Cultures
This may go without saying, but you should always be mindful and careful about the culture you’re in and visiting. For example, if you travel to Europe, you’re traveling to a continent with several dozen countries who all have different customs and cultures even though many countries share a border and can be crossed easily and without hassle for their citizens.
When you travel, be mindful of the people you meet and the customs you’re introduced to. Traveling abroad is a great time to learn about different customs and practices while you’re physically in that country. Do your best to be a good guest and respect the people of the country you’re visiting.
Avoid Bottled Water
Some countries don’t have the infrastructure to provide water, which is drinkable, so you’ll be forced to buy bottled water from the airport or from shops within the country. If you’re visiting a more developed country, however, you should be aware of the environmental impact bottled water has.
Bottled water negatively affects the environment is usually nothing more than a ploy to trick tourists into spending money they don’t actually need to spend. If you bring your own bottle with you, there will be plenty of places to fill it up and taste great water for a fraction of the price of bottled water, if not drinking it for free. Avoiding bottled water will be doing your part to not pollute the planet and think earth-conscious while you’re travelling abroad.