Ecotourism is gaining momentum – and this is great news. Today we offer you to learn some simple tips on how you can increase your environmental contribution while traveling. Or at least not aggravate the current situation.
Choose Destinations That Support Green Initiatives
Unfortunately, not all countries that are popular with tourists support environmental initiatives. These are mainly countries that have enough personal economic and political problems, for example, Egypt. Therefore, your task is either to choose areas where environmental thinking has already been developed, for example, Europe, or begins to develop, for example, Bali.
And even if your budget allows you to travel only to a country with a low standard of living and a lack of environmental awareness, for example, to India, this still does not mean that you need to abandon the eco-friendly approach when traveling. Moreover, further, we will give you more tips.
Use a Bicycle or You Foot Every Time It Is Possible
If you want to travel economically and environmentally, then, unfortunately, or fortunately, car rental services or car-sharing is not for you. Your options are traveling on foot, public transport, renting a bicycle or renting an electric car in the most extreme case – if this is the only way to get to your destination. And fortunately, all of this is available in most countries.
In addition, we recommend that you carefully consider your routes to make a few transfers and stops as possible. It’s all about saving your money, time and fuel, of course.
Choose Eco-Friendly Hostels and Hotels
No matter what country you are in, you can always contribute to the ecology simply by supporting hotels or hostels that care about preserving the environment. And by the way, this does not mean that you have to overpay for overnight in such a hotel. Ecobnb helps you find eco-friendly accommodation around the world, plus discover the unspoiled nature and beauty of every place you stay in.
Use Your Tableware and Discard One-Time Use Sets
If you plan to live in a campsite, then forever forget about disposable tableware. Especially plastic. Yes, now there are many alternatives, for example, dishes or packages of seaweed, which are easily decomposed, but for sure you have long had a set of dishes for traveling. And a bottle for water, so that you do not have to consume plastic every time as well. Using your dishes on a trip is very environmentally friendly and hygienic. So give it a try.
Save Resources in Any Hotel You Are Staying
If you stay at a hotel, this does not mean that it is unnecessary to spend resources. If you wiped your hands with a towel once, then it is not necessary to throw it on the floor to be replaced. In fact, hotels are among the leaders in terms of pollution and waste generated. Therefore, try to save water, electricity and handle the things in your room with care.
In addition, the eco-approach is also very relevant for all-inclusive hotels. Do not put on your plate more than you can eat. In the best-case scenario, the food thrown by you will be eaten by stray animals, in the worst case, it will end its life in the garbage.
Left a Place in the Same Condition as It Was Before You’ve Visited It
And two more words about campsites. This is the most obvious rule, but too many tourists ignore it, believing that if they paid money, then they can behave as they want. Do not do so. Your task is to leave behind a completely clean place so that the next tourist can use it. Take all your garbage with you and take it to the nearest trash or sorting point. And yes, this also applies to biodegradable waste.
In Summary – Eco-Travel Does Not Mean Expensive Travel
In fact, it only at first glance seems that traveling in the spirit of eco is expensive. Not really. It is not expensive. It is consciously. Each of the above principles that you apply in your journey will mean at the same time giving up consumerism, preserving the environment and observing the framework of your budget.
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Mónica Rodríguez is a writer, art historian, and editor at LendGenius. She specializes in Art History, Art Conservation, History, Literature, Finance, Tech, Wellness, and Travel.