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7 Ways to a Greener Traveler

There shouldn’t need to be an ecotourist label. All travelers should be striving to be a better force in the world they explore. I realize my footprint as a traveler can be larger than those who don’t spend as much jet fuel getting to destinations, so I must work to offset my impact as I continue to increase my knowledge of the global community whilst traveling. As I experience other cultures, I’m also aware of how my lifestyle affects the livelihoods of those in far corners of the world. Happily, there’s plenty I can do to help keep my environmental footprint as small as it can be. Here’s seven things I to do keep the habitat green, preserve local cultures, and promote sustainable travel. It’s my small part in being the change I want to see.

  1. Walking: Most of the fascinating places I’ve discovered have come through miles and miles of walking. Whenever possible I abandon trains, planes, and automobiles in favor of the strength of my two feet as I walk or bicycle to explore everything from cities to farmlands.
  2. Water Bottle: Visiting countries where water is a scarce and often unclean commodity, I’ve come to appreciate how easily I’m able to obtain it at home. Also, buying bottled water while on travel, though a “safer” option, has adverse affects when the plastic bottles are discarded. Plastics take forever to biodegrade which is why I make sure to carry my aluminum water bottle with me wherever I travel and fill up at the hotel or restaurants along the way. A SteriPEN for an extra means of water quality treatment never hurts too.
  3. Local, Local, Local: Supporting locally grown businesses goes a long way towards reducing my overall carbon footprint. I buy local handicrafts as souvenirs, hire local guides, and champion local stores. Besides I get all the best stories from the locals!
  4. Direct: There’s not too many ways I can cross large oceans in a short amount of time, so it’s necessary for me to travel by air. One of the ways I reduce my carbon footprint is to opt for direct flights when possible, since each landing requires a large amount of fuel.
  5. Reuse: I try to practice the same good habits on vacation that I practice in my house. So I make sure not to keep the hotel lights on, to reuse the towels they provide, and reduce the waste they have to manage once I’ve left.
  6. Pack light: Backpacking and hiking experiences have taught me that I need less than I think. The essentials can all fit into one bag I can carry, and now for every travel adventure I try to pack only what I will need.
  7. Consumption: Less is more when it comes to eating, buying, and general material consumption on travel. New styles, different advertising, and intriguing flavors go a long way towards attracting me to procure everything different, but I remind myself that a little goes a long way.

Have any eco-friendly travel techniques you’d like to share with me?

6 replies »

  1. These are great points to always remember. Traveling helps us to appreciate the world more, and while appreciating it we want to make sure to do all we can for it.

    • Thank you, Sheila. Your comment reminds me of an African proverb which reads: “We did not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, but have borrowed it from future generations.”

    • Thanks, Gunta. The red bike was one of those unique finds while walking the streets of Paris. Best way to see a city is to walk it. As for the hotels, I, too, am please to see how more hotels encourage people to reuse. Thanks again for the note.

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