Tic tac tic tac, there is a holiday coming and we bet you’ll enjoy the extra day off for a quick getaway, right? Which makes it the perfect opportunity for us to talk about going green while traveling. Relax! That doesn’t mean you’ll need to sleep on a tent and cook on a bonfire. Above all, sustainable travel is about being a responsible traveller and making smarter choices – wherever you are. Take note of this tips.
First things first. Before planning any trip, you should search all there is to learn about ecotourism and sustainable travelling. There are endless guides online where you can find simple changes you can make to become a more conscious traveller, and also reliable and safe online magazines like Lux Nomade, whose articles are all about wellness, responsible travel practices and eco-friendly tips. Planning to go abroad and don’t know where to? Give a look at this list of 7 eco-friendly luxury hotels, for example. We told you wouldn’t need a tent!
Download a carpooling app
If you’re going on a car trip, why not search for other people that are doing the same and share the costs? There are a few apps and platforms created to help you on that and Blablacar is one good example. Known as one of the biggest carpooling social networks, it helps you find reliable people that are travelling the same direction as you are, making sure your trip as a lesser negative impact on the environment. Who knows if you’ll finish your trip with new friends.
Learn the difference between ecotourism and Greenwashing
Like what happens with those yogurts with a not-so-authentic organic stamp on it, you should always ask questions and try to go deeper while searching for info about new eco-friendly spots. “Greenwashing is about using marketing strategies in an effort to deceive customers into believing that a company’s products, activities or policies are genuinely eco-friendly when they really aren’t”, explains the author of this article published in Green Global Travel. Give it a read and make sure you are never tricked.
Use platforms to find eco-friendly restaurants
Local, sustainable restaurants aren’t always easy to find, especially if you’re travelling somewhere you’ve never been before. Luckily, there are now apps that can help you with that. If Zomato had a vegan sister it would be Happy Cow, an app where you can find an endless list of plant-based restaurants, vegan options and healthy food around the world. You just need to type your location and decide where you want to eat!
Travel with reusables
Besides packing light, you should always bring your own travel essentials to make sure you won’t buy new ones at every trip. Things like a reusable water bottle, a metal straw and an organic cotton tote bag won’t steal you that much space inside your luggage and will help you avoid single-use disposables, like plastic cups and bags. You know the deal: small choices can make a huge difference. The environment thanks you!
Image Credits: Coco-Mat Eco Residences Serifos, Greece