6 Tips for More Sustainable Travel

6 Tips for More Sustainable Travel 6 Tips for More Sustainable Travel

Do you worry about the impact of your travel?

According to National Geographic, sustainable tourism is based on three main pillars:

  • Employing environmentally friendly practices, such as reduce, reuse, recycle;
  • Protecting cultural and natural heritage, such as reducing our impact on historic buildings and endangered species
  • Providing tangible social and economic benefits for local communities, such as buying local and upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples

If you want to reduce your footprint (both carbon and cultural) on the places you travel to here are seven tips you can adopt:

1. Travel Light

Traveling light lessens your impact on the environment in many ways.If you’re flying, your gear weighs less reducing the fuel and carbon emissions used for your trip.

Traveling light also allows you to use public transport more comfortably (meaning you are more likely to use it), which also lightens your footprint on the environment.

What you pack will depend on the type of trip you’re taking and the gear you will need for it. Many times we hear from travelers that they didn’t use half of what they brought. So pack only what you will need and leave all extras aside.

2. Pack Re-Useable Containers and Bags

Packing re-useable containers such as water bottles, containers, and cloth bags are a great way to cut down on plastic waste when you travel.

Snack containers will help you make good food choices when traveling, water bottles will allow you to avoid buying plastic bottles, and reusable cloth bags will allow you to buy things without using unnecessary plastic bags.

3. Adopt the “slow travel” philosophy

Adopting the “slow travel” philosophy involves going to fewer places and spending more time in each.  This means you can reduce flights, and see more on a single trip. By cutting out one five-hour flight reduces your carbon footprint by a full tonne.

Doing this, and moving overland rather than over air, allows you to reduce your carbon footprint while also letting you see more of the countryside!

4. Buy Local

Shun the airport stores and bargain outlets when you travel, and choose to buy your souvenirs and treats from local artisans instead. Do a little research before you leave to find out what might be available or ask a local for advice.

There are a wealth of beautiful, handmade objects and textiles in every country, and buying directly from the maker or smaller business keeps your carbon footprint low and helps the local economy in a healthy way.

You’ll take home something beautiful that you’ll enjoy using.

5. Shop Consciously for Must-Have Travel Essentials

Sunscreen, passport holders, carry-on bags, hats… there are many items that we do really need when we travel. If you’re buying any of these items new ahead of your next trip, take a moment to see if you’re buying from a store or choosing a brand that values the planet as much as you do.

6. Choose Meaningful Trips

At Sacred Earth Journeys we organize meaningful, once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. To take a trip that will change your life, see our itinerary of travel destinations.

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