5 Climate Conscious Ways To See The World

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Whilst travelling may not be deemed the most environmentally friendly activity, for many it’s the only way to visit loved ones, for others the only way to conduct business and, for the rest of us, a priceless way to experience new cultures and see the world.

Luckily, there are many ways you can make your trips eco-friendlier and reduce your carbon footprint.

Here are some quick tips on how to do your bit whilst travelling the world.

BYO (Bring your own!)

From shopping bags to plastic bottles, there are many single-use items we consume when travelling that can be replaced with reusable versions. Insulated coffee cups, water bottles and tote bags are just some of the items you can take with you that will reduce the waste you produce when travelling.

Take the Train

In general, airplanes and cars tend to be the most polluting modes of transportation. Where possible, try to travel by train or coach to cut your emissions while taking in the scenery. Once at your destination, consider taking the bus, traveling by metro/underground, or cycling around town instead of renting a car.

Eat and Drink Local

Importing and shipping foods make a huge carbon footprint on our planet. When you are travelling, you can reduce your environmental impact by opting to experience locally grown delights in place of eating out at the big chains. In many places, you will also be helping to support the local farming economy, who rely on the supply chain of local independent restaurants buying their produce.

Go Electric

If you do need to rent a car, opt for an electric, hybrid, or smaller model. You can plan your route to take in stops that have charging points close by so, while the car recharges, you can too as you take in the local sights.

Do As You Do At Home

Just because you are away and not the one paying the bills, it’s important to maintain your eco-friendly practices when away from home. You wouldn’t wash a towel after one use or leave the lights on all day when you go out, so the same should apply when travelling. Hang your towels up so housekeeping don’t wash them, turn the lights off when you leave and, to save water, don’t spend more time than needed in the shower.

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Source: Ecomena (Sept 2021)

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