It’s one thing to want to be more eco-friendly but sometimes hard to put that into action. We know travel has a significant environmental footprint. In some cases, travelers may even be ruining the sites they travel to visit. However, it’s possible to reduce the environmental footprint of your travels.
1. Avoid Plastic Bags
You want memories of your holiday to last for years but 500 years is way too long. Plastic bags can take up to 500 years to biodegrade so take a re-useable shopping bag with you when you go to local markets.
2. Minimal Packing
Every kilo counts when flying. The more a plane weighs, the more carbon emissions it produces. Pack only what you need – the environment will thank you.
3. Avoid Taxis
Taking public transport is one of the best things you can do for the environment when traveling. It means you’re not creating any additional carbon emissions from private transport. It will also add to your travel experience, providing you with opportunities to interact with locals.
4. Eat Drink Local
Drink a locally brewed beer and not only will you probably enjoy a high quality ale, but your drink can be low-carbon by cutting down on ‘beer mileage’. This applies to eating local produce too. Let your taste buds be adventurous – it’s carbon friendly!
6. Be at Home in a Hotel
A great tip is to remember to act in a hotel like you would at home – avoid getting clean towels when not necessary, don’t have long showers and something frequently forgotten is to turn off TV, lights and aircon when you leave the room.
5. Choose a Carbon Offset Adventure
Not all carbon emissions can be avoided whilst traveling. Intrepid Travel has a range of adventures that it has calculated the carbon emissions from, reduced wherever possible and offset what remains. The emissions from transport, accommodation, activities and waste have been accounted for and the cost of offsetting is included in the cost of the trip.