Many people strive to travel for leisure on a regular basis. After all, the world is big and there is so much to see — like the 597 square miles of Oahu in Hawaii. But as fun as traveling is, it can often have a negative impact on the environment. Fortunately, it is possible for travelers to significantly reduce their environmental impact. So let’s explore a few travel tips that are more eco-friendly.
First off, it’s important to consider your mode of transportation. If you’re going overseas, avoiding a plane ride may be impossible. So if you do have to fly, consider looking into the aircraft certain airlines use and try to use the most energy-efficient aircraft. But if you’re traveling within the country, you may want to consider taking a train or bus to your destination. Renting an electric or hybrid car for your trip can be another great way to care for the environment and avoid putting miles on your own gas-guzzling vehicle. And when you arrive at your destination, it’s important to continue to keep transportation in mind. Walking or biking around the area can be a great option because not only are you being more eco-friendly, but you’ll also get a better view of all that your destination has to offer. Being smart about transportation can be a good place to start when traveling green.
If you reduce and reuse at home, there’s no excuse to not do the same when traveling. And being green on the road is easier than you may think. You should start by avoiding single-use items. Instead, bring reusable water bottles, snacks in Tupperware containers, and reusable shopping bags. You can even get creative with putting items into reusable containers. For example, you should bring medical supplies with you, especially with about 31 million injuries that require medical attention occurring each year. But instead of bringing bandages in plastic wrap and ointment in throwaway tubes, consider making and packing your own medical supplies. Bringing reusable or recyclable medical supplies and toiletries takes minimal effort but can have a major impact, especially if you’re a frequent traveler.
And lastly, if you’re one of the seven in 10 Americans who have a credit card, make sure to support local establishments when you’re traveling. If you’re traveling to a new location, you should want to experience all that the area has to offer. Eating, drinking, and shopping locally allows you to do just that. But furthermore, making local purchases can help put money back into the community. And when you shop locally, you’re minimizing the amount of energy and transportation fuel needed to import goods. So choosing local establishments is beneficial all around. And this is something you can do when you get back home too — shopping locally doesn’t have to be something you only do when traveling!
Traveling shouldn’t be an excuse to stop caring about the environment. So hopefully, these simple tips will help you not only enjoy your vacation but help you make good choices for the environment too.