Sustainable living is becoming more talked about than ever before. Every aspect of our lives should focus on eco-friendliness. From the food that we eat to the products we buy and the way we take out the rubbish – everything should have a green thumb on it. What about travelling? That as well. You should try to be a green tourist and choose eco-friendly trips only. Not sure how to do it? We have a few invaluable tips to help you become a green tourist.
Use public transport
Once you decide to enjoy your holiday destination, be sure to choose eco-friendly means of transportation. Instead of taking a taxi or renting a car, consider minimising your carbon footprint and choose public transportation instead. Sharing a bus with other people will be much less polluting than spreading carbon with your vehicle. If you don't want to risk being on a crowded bus, renting an electric car or some other type of eco-friendly transportation would be a good idea.
Pick up after yourself
Are you planning to go on a picnic at a local park? Maybe you’d like to camp in the mountains? Regardless of the outdoor location, make sure you don’t leave garbage after yourself. Use eco-friendly food containers and bring your refillable water bottle. You should act in nature just like you act at home. You wouldn’t throw an empty foot carton on the floor and leave it there, would you? The same should go for spending a day in nature. Pick up the rubbish after yourself and make sure you separate it into recyclable and non-recyclable. Don’t forget to bring your own set of reusable cutlery when you travel. That way, you won’t have to use plastic utensils on the go.
Tour by a bike
One of the most sustainable ways to tour the new destination is by bicycle. You can easily find affordable bike rentals wherever you go, and save the planet from harmful fumes. Enjoy the fresh air and stop at any landmark with minimum fuss. What's more, you'll incorporate some physical activity into your holiday too. It's a win-win if you ask us.
Minimise plastic waste
Plastic water bottles are one of the biggest enemies of the planet. That’s why you should invest in a reusable water bottle that will follow you everywhere. Refill it with your favourite drink before you head out and start your adventure. Prevent the plastic waste from ending up in the oceans, and get yourself a reusable water bottle that will last for years.
Eat in an eco-friendly way
We often don’t realise that we can contribute to the planet’s well-being through our eating habits. Did you know that’s it’s much better to eat at the restaurant than order takeout? The containers that hold takeout food create garbage and waste galore. In addition, eating at fast food places will also cause mass use of disposable containers, so stay away from food carts too. Plan your portions wisely, and in case you don't know how much you'll be able to eat, order a small amount first. You can easily order another portion if you're not satiated. It’s a much better option than ordering too much food that you’ll end up wasting in the end. Choose organic food and local produce to support the local economy. On top of that, you’ll also reduce the negative effect the mass production and transportation of other foods leave on the environment.
Eco-friendly travelling has never been more essential. Fortunately, it doesn’t require too much effort. As long as you think about sustainable means of transportation, try to eat green and save the planet from plastic as often as possible, you’ll soon become a number one eco-friendly tourist.
Written by Diana Smith
About the Author
Diana Smith is a full time mum of two beautiful girls and is interested in sustainability, ecology and home improvement. She enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family. You can find her on Twitter here.
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