For most, travelling can be an interesting, enjoyable (sometimes adventurous)activity to explore the best places that Nature has to offer – local, natural environments for lush flora and fauna , or the attraction and appeal of exotic locales and outdoors. Just like any other activity, travelling too has its fair share of environmental impact and terms like ‘ecotourism’ and ‘responsible travel’ are a guide to sustainable travel. Taking care of the smaller details is a great way to contribute to a healthy environment.
Use reusable bags
In addition to being a convenient choice, carrying a reusable bag means that we cut down on the use of plastic that is less environment-friendly and difficult to recycle. Plastics use up a lot of natural resources such as oil and gas in industrial processes and lead to unwanted clutter when disposed. Reusable bags save us the weight of multiple bags, and are an aid to light, comfortable travel.
A heavily loaded transport system uses up more fuel, leading to more emissions. Lighter/lesser baggage reduces the environmental impact of transportation. Building up a travel itinerary beforehand helps; just so any unnecessary items may be omitted.
Responsible shopping and sightseeing
An eco-friendly purchase would involve a conscious choice for naturally crafted, ethically sourced handmade indigenous products rather than animal products. A bit of knowledge about products and brands’ social responsibility policies helps to make an informed purchase. Also, its important to make purchases that are low waste.
A visit to national parks or reserves includes some interesting sightseeing as well as support for endangered species and local communities, boosting ecotourism.
Booking with green travel tour companies
It’s a good choice to settle for a travel company that has responsible travel practices in place.
Use public transportation
Green transportation revolves around efficient and effective use of resources, introduction of smarter transport systems and making healthier travel choices.
Public transportation is an eco-friendly way and efficient means to commute, helping to reduce emissions by more than half, compared to individual transport. They also reduce roadway congestion. A walk or a bicycle ride to nearby locations serves the purpose, while cutting down significantly on emissions.
Power banks are not only a handy charging source but are also cost-effective and reduce energy consumption.
Organic foods are rich in nutrients and offer a lot of health benefits compared to their conventional counterparts. Including some organic, locally sourced foods in diets during travel trips gives a taste of local cuisines, with health and environmental benefits added.
Save on printing
With the emphasis on going paperless, it makes sense to avoid printing tickets and other travel documents and saving them to mobile or cloud devices to be downloaded for use later.
Tourism is a significant contributor to the increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases and hence , the importance of responsible travel cannot be over emphasized.
With inputs from internet and print sources