Sustainable travel is a way of traveling that has a positive impact on the environment as opposed to a negative one.
Traveling sustainably allows you to keep your carbon footprint as small as possible and helps preserve our planet’s natural resources.
Sustainable travel may sound like something any traveler would be interested in, right? Perhaps, but many travelers who may be interested in eco-friendly travel, may not know where to begin.
Sustainable travel is growing with popular demand and can be a fun adventure for everyone.
You don’t need to camp in the jungle or hike in the middle of the mountains with bare minimum supplies to travel eco-friendly (unless, of course, is what you will).
It simply requires some awareness and a willingness to experience traveling in a different way. The following sustainable traveling tips makes traveling green easy for anyone, whatever your tastes may be.
- Look for travel companies, car rental places, airlines and hotels that participate in green programs. Often they will take measures to offset their carbon footprint
- Consider renting a bike instead of a car. It’s easy to do this in a larger city and it allows you to observe things more slowly – often seeing things you might miss.
- Look for hotels with a green certification Sustainable travel or a “Green Score” – Green Travel Hub by is an organization that donates 20% of their proceeds from each trip to an environmental group, so each trip can make a difference and have a positive impact on our planet.
- Use your hotel’s program to reuse sheets and towels. If they don’t have one, let house-keeping know that you do not need to replace your sheets and towels each day.
- Turn off the lights, electronics, heat, or air conditioning in your room while you are away
- Turn off water when brushing your teeth and take shorter showers.
- Search for eco lodges – some are fancy some are more rustic but there are variety of unique ones all over the world. Simply do a Google search staring with eco-lodge followed by your destination.
- When you visit a park or a place of nature do not disturb the plants or wildlife. Resist the urge to feed wild animals as it can have a negative impact on their natural eco-system.
- Try shopping and buying from local suppliers such as visiting the local farmers market. This supports the local economy, and immerses you in the culture of the local people.
- Consider volunteering some time on your trip. Spending even one day volunteering can make a difference and also make you feel good knowing that your lending a helping hand.