Every year, around 1 billion tourists arrive at their destination somewhere in the world. That’s equivalent to 30 people every second. This figure is expected to rise by at least 60% this year. Tourism puts an enormous strain on the world’s natural resources and can lead to a rise in pollution, soil erosion, loss of natural habitats and more pressure on endangered species. There is a significant risk that these effects could eventually destroy the crucial environmental resources that tourism itself depends on. But despite these very real risks, with a little care and planning, it is possible to enjoy a sustainable vacation with only a minimal environmental impact.

Off-Set Your Vacation

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When you make conscientious decisions to reduce and offset your carbon footprint during your vacation, you can enjoy your dream trip without any guilt. But it doesn’t have to be complicated. Take refillable water bottles with you to avoid buying and recycling plastic water bottles while you are away. It’s also a good idea to choose items with little packaging that will reduce the amount of rubbish you have to throw away. Making sure you properly dispose of your rubbish and recycle where you can is one of the easiest ways you can make your travels greener.

Keep Up With Recycling Efforts

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Despite their good efforts at home, people often find that’s it not quite so easy to recycle while on holiday, so ask your hotel about what recycling facilities they have for guests. Some may provide separate bins for your plastic, paper, and even metal waste. Most scrap metal can be recycled, and it can be found in many of the things we use every day, such as furniture, tools, gadgets and even batteries. To make these items require raw metal, but by recycling metal, you can help to reduce the need for further mining and pressure on our natural resources, according to Gardner Metal Recycling.

Choose Green Activities

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Eco-tourism is about practicing low-impact behavior and being more conscientious about the decisions you make on your trip. But this doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Many people assume that having an eco-friendly vacation will mean sacrificing many of the activities people look forward to on their trips. But there are a number of eco-tourism companies all across the world that offer great trips and tours. Many of these will take you to some of the world’s most amazing places that can only be seen by using low impact transport such as cycling, walking, canoeing or even on horseback. Eco-friendly tours usually take small groups, and the transport used is energy efficient. Choose activities that allow you to get closer to nature and learn about the local customs, landscapes, and traditions.

There are plenty of small things you can do to help offset your vacation’s carbon emissions while also enjoying a great trip. When you explore the world, knowing that your choices are eco-friendly will make your trip that much more fulfilling.