Environmentally responsible living includes green travel. There are a number of ways you can cut your impact on the environment. When you travel to other countries, it’s important to remember to respect their cultures and how they impact the environment.
Choose eco-friendly accommodations and lodging
Choose a green hotel or stay with a local bed and breakfast (B&B). Camping is alos a great environmentally-friendly option.
If you stay in a hotel you can reduce your impact by adhering to some simple travel tips. Turn off lights and your oom’s heating and cooling and be sure not to waste food and water. Reuse your towels, sheets, and bedding whenever possible.
Try to make choices that benefit the local’s economy by eating locally grown food at a small restaurant (a Mom and Pop establishment) rather than your hotel’s restaurant. You may also be able to find a small condo or hostel where you can prepare your own locally-grown food from the nearby markets and vendors.
Choose places that exercise geo-tourism
A new trend in travel is geo-tourism. National Geographic specifies geo-tourism as “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place, its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. This means geo-tourism is green travel that promotes conservation of culture, history, and environment.
Carry less with you and you will use less fuel. It doesn’t seem like it makes much of an impact yet, over time, the difference will be immense. Also, you won’t be carrying around so much as you are transporting from plane, train, or bus to and from your destination.
Use your reusable bags and containers
Pack a reusable bag to keep with you wile you travel. Also bring along a couple of reusable containers for your toiletries. Always think recyclable. Anything that can be used again will help the earth as well as help save you space, time, and money.
Before leaving the house for your trip, unplug everything and turn off your heating and cooling or turn it low
Unplug your appliances and electronics, if possible. They use a large amount of energy when they are plugged in even if they’re not being actively used.
Carry your own water bottle and refill it from local water sources as you travel
Not only is it healthier to drink water compared to soda, coffee, and other liquids, it has become very trendy to do so. It won’t be hard to find tap water somewhere to refill your water bottle. If you are concerned about the horrors you hear about water in foreign countries, a water filter is not very expensive and you can take it along with you as you go. The water filter is also easy on the environment.
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