Transitioning to zero waste, sustainable lifestyle does not happen overnight. In fact, it is a long process with lots of ups and downs, doubts, uncertainty and often disappointment. When it comes to travelling, all these feelings tend to get stronger and make us feel frustrated. As a solution, now we share some tips on how to become a sustainable traveller.
- Direct flight
When planning your next trip, keep in mind to book the most direct flight option. Unfortunately, aeroplanes have the biggest ecological footprint due to their harmful fuel emission, which can increase with every take-off and landing. Though prices can sometimes seem much higher, note that long waiting hours between flights can cost expensive airport meals and even services, not to mention the unpleasant amount of wasted time.
- Carbon-free transport
Wherever you are travelling, always try to choose self-propelled options for transportation. They are actually good both for your health and the environment. Every time you travel, you are responsible for the place you are visiting and choosing carbon-free ways of transport like walking, cycling or even kayaking will also help you take the time to discover the most beautiful moments of the location.
- Sustainable accommodation
Luckily, sustainable accommodations become more and more fashionable and wide-spread these days and not having any certified eco-labels is almost awkward. These accommodations usually purchase products from local businesses, use renewable energy sources, offer self-propelled transportation options or even grow their own vegetables and fruits. Their mission is always to conserve and protect the local environment and help tourists do the same.
- No single use plastics
Avoiding single use plastics completely while travelling is almost impossible, but there are some easy hacks in order to minimize it. One of the biggest problems on Earth is plastic bottles and it gets especially important when travelling. Although, it can easily be solved with a reusable water bottle that you can take with you anywhere you go. There are endless options on the market to choose from, starting from glass through stainless steel to easily portable silicone bottles.
- Leave No Trace
The ultimate sustainable guide for travellers is The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace, an international organisation that has set the global standard for outdoor ethics. The aim of this is to ensure and preserve the long-term health of our nature while maintaining sustainable recreation in nature. Their number one rule is to “take only photos and leave only footprints”, which is complemented with The Seven Principles:
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimise campfire impacts
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of your hosts and other visitors
Applying these points will help you become a more responsible, conscious traveller and thus maintain your eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle even when travelling. Additionally, a sustainable holiday will give you a new dose of motivation to keep up with your plastic-free journey in your everyday life too.