8 More Tips To Help You Leave Less Of A Footprint When You Travel
This week, 8 Tips to Leave Less of a Footprint when you travel.
It was hard pulling together my 8 tips to leave less of a footprint when you travel as there are so many things you can do to ensure you help the environment.
If you can’t seem to curb your travel addiction, but you feel strongly about travelling in a responsible way (like most of our eco army), we’ve got your back. We get it, some of us live to travel, but despise the fact that every time we do, we’re adding to our personal carbon footprint.
However, you can change your travelling habits, so that when you do travel, you keep your footprint as small as possible. You can achieve this by doing some of my 8 tips to leave less of a footprint the next time you embark on a eco holiday.
1. Walk or cycle where possible
One of the key things you can do to reduce your footprint is to walk places instead of jumping in a car. Cycling is a wonderful way to explore new places, it’s good for you, and the environment. If you can’t walk or cycle, at least use public transport such as buses and trains. Flying has a bigger impact per passenger per kilometre than cars or trains, so ideally avoid flying when you don’t have to. But if you want to travel the world that’s not really an option, so…
There are tonnes of options too for cycling with Eco Companion but a personal favourite is the Kerala Cycling Tour!!
2. If you have to fly somewhere, do these things:
Fly economy – Prince William does, so you can too, it’s the same concept as car pooling. With more passengers carbon emissions are spread.
Combine your trips – trying a visit a few countries, cities or destinations that are near each other in one trip, instead of booking separate trips.
Fly direct when you can – because it’s the take-offs and landings that use the most fuel.
Fly during the daytime – studies have shown night flights have a bigger impact on the climate.
Pack light – pack less in your suitcase as lighter planes burn less fuel.
3. Give back when you get there
If you do need to fly to the other side of the world, you can help offset your footprint by giving back when you get there. Get involved with local community projects and help the local wildlife and environment. We offer plenty of exciting sustainable experiences in nature that do just this.
4. Go plastic-free and use refillable containers
Scientists have predicted there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050. As cute and handy as those travel minis are, they use a whole lotta packaging. Pack some refillable containers instead that you can top up. Try and avoid using plastic bottles whilst you travel, there are plenty of water filters and purifications systems you can use. Oh and never use plastic bags in supermarkets either.
5. Be mindful of your energy and water usage
Continue to keep up the energy saving habits you use at home whilst travelling. Don’t use more water, electricity or energy than you need. Turn off taps, take short showers and don’t leave electronic devices charging for longer than necessary.
6. Buy local
Wherever you go, no matter what country you are in, try and buy local produce. Avoid big chains and supermarkets that source products from other countries. Go to the local market and buy local products. You will then be helping the local community and the environment. It’s a win win.
7. Stay in eco friendly accommodation
When you are travelling, try and stay in eco-friendly, sustainable accommodation whenever you can. Book your holidays with companies such as ourselves, who offer sustainable travel packages. We’re obviously pretty strong on this front 😉 www.ecocompanion.com
8. Reduce your meat intake
One thing you can do whilst travelling that will make a huge difference is eat less meat. Cows for example emit large quantities of methane, and have a shocking impact on the environment. If you are interested to find out how much, watch Cowspiracy on Netflix. So maybe rethink ordering that steak or beef burger and go for a veggie dish instead. Or better still go vegan, a vegan diet can reduce your carbon footprint by as much as 20%.