With this post, I would like to raise global awareness about how responsible tourism can act as a power of change. Responsible tourism/sustainable traveling is all about making simple choices to lessen your negative impact on a certain destination. Most of the tips I mention, are ridiculously simple, but can easily help to make a difference. When we all become more conscious about these little things, we can collectively try to limit the negative impact on the world around us.
20 Ways to travel more sustainable
Sustainable transportation tips
1. If you have the time, traveling via bus and train generally has less environmental impact than travelling by plane. When travelling by plane, book non-stop flights whenever you can. The takeoffs and landings create most of an airplane’s carbon emissions. Also consider contributing to a carbon offset program.
2. Once you arrived in your destination, stick to public transportation, rent a bike, or walk whenever you can. If you’re driving, choose a hybrid vehicle if possible.
Water saving tips while travelling
3. Take showers, not baths. Baths use a crazy amount of water and have a negative impact on our environment. Try to take a shower instead. Also try to take shorter showers, turning water off while you lather up, shave, or brush your teeth.
4. Never use the hotel laundry service. Hotels often wash every guest’s clothes separately. I always bring my own washing-powder and do my laundry while taking a shower.
5. Hang towels after each use, which is the universal sign that you’d like to use them again.
6. Trade disposable for reusable. Take bottles that you can refill repeatedly.
Energy saving tips while travelling
7. When you leave your room, turn off all lights, heating, air-conditioning, and television.
8. Take any leftover soap, shampoo, or toothpaste with you. Unused portions are often thrown away, and this a waste of the liquids and the packing.
9. When you don’t want your room to be cleaned, leave the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. This will help cut down on chemical cleaning products, electricity used in vacuuming, and the washing of bed linens.
Tips to make your activities more sustainable while traveling
10. Return maps, brochures and other tourist info once you’re finished with them. They can sell them 2nd hand.
11. Visit sanctuaries instead of zoos. When you visit a zoo, you have no idea how animals are treat behind closed doors. Try making your visit instead to animal sanctuaries.
12. Don’t take any tour including encounters with wild animals, such as riding elephants or walking with lions. Every day more than 550,000 animals suffer from harmful tourist attractions. My latest post shares 15 harmful animal tourist attractions that you better should avoid
13. Shop at local food markets whenever possible. Buy locally made souvenirs from artisan as opposed to big shops.
14. When snorkeling or scuba diving, don’t touch or step on the coral. Also, don’t stir up sediment, as it can damage the reef’s fragile ecosystem.
Tips to make eating-out more sustainable while traveling
15. The nicest part of traveling is to go somewhere new and experience new cultures. Visit a local restaurant instead of a familiar fast food restaurant that take the money you spend out of the local economy, but also create carbon footprints by delivering goods from abroad. Look for restaurants serving locally produced food and you will help support local farmers and the local economy.
Other tips for sustainable traveling
16. Say no to plastic. A massive amount of human trash is stretching across the ocean, including gazillions of throw-away plastic bottles and bags. When you go shopping, take your own reusable bag or when you order a drink, tell the bartender you don’t need a straw.
17. Pack light. The less you bring the less impact you have in many ways. You’ll be able to catch public transportation easier which means less carbon footprint.
18. Pack out your trash. No matter where you are, packing out your trash is very important to sustaining the environment. When you have the chance, try to separate your waste also.
19. When looking for a place to stay, overnight in a local Eco-friendly lodging, sustainable hotel, or home-stay.
20. Share your experience. When a restaurant, hotel, or any other organization is doing good things, tell the world! Also, when you have find a nice Eco-friendly lodge, local food market, or anything else that can help other people to travel more responsible and in a sustainable way, share it!
If you have any other tips to make your travel more responsible and sustainable, please share it with us in the comment section below. I hope this post inspired you to make simple choices to lessen your negative impact on a certain destination. Thank you!