There’s hardly anything more entertaining than traveling abroad. It not only gives us memories to cherish throughout our whole life but also provides us with valuable experience. However, there’s a darker side to it too that most of us usually tend to ignore. It is what our traveling does both to the environment in general and to the tourist spots in particular. Recent news from Mount Everest and the latest tourist regulations by Italian government prove the same. Therefore, for the sake of a livable future, we too shouldn’t leave everything to the government. By following green travel tips, we should make sure that we take our share of responsibility:
1. Don’t carry too much baggage
No matter the baggage is physical or mental, it would be a hindrance to fully enjoying the moment. Furthermore, it has an environmental aspect to it as well. Not only you are more likely to litter when you have more stuff with you if you go by flight, but the weight of your baggage also adds to your CO2 emissions as well. Therefore, unless you are traveling to a secluded spot, it is better to buy stuff once you get there than to carry it with you.
2. Avoid disposable plastic bottles
Thanks to the availability of disposable plastic water bottles everywhere, we don’t have to worry about keeping ourselves hydrated while traveling. Nevertheless, the bottles that the tourists throw away ultimately add up to a huge number, and most of these ultimately end up in landfills. Although these can be recycled too, the best way is to not use them at all. Most of the popular tourist spots have public drinking facilities and by taking reusable water bottles with us, we can make good use of them.
3. Choose the travel medium wisely
While traveling a short distance, it’s a much more sustainable option to go by train than by flight. Therefore, you should book your train tickets in advance. However, if you need to travel urgently, you can always opt for an app like American airlines flight map. These types of app snot only help in booking flights, in addition, by using them, you can also find more about the best travel routes and possible stops.
4. Go Digital
No need to carry novels, booklets or any other form of paper with you. Go digital. Opting for books on your Kindle or any other popular E-Reader is always a greener option. Furthermore, digital books are both less expensive and easy to carry. With the money that you spend on buying a single book, you can buy as many as four e-books. In fact,a lot of them are free as well. In addition, you can also keep thousands of them in your kindle, which is impossible to do with hardcopy books.
5. Take care of your waste
Whenever we visit some popular tourist spot, especially a natural one, most of us often wonder how pristine it would have looked before humans invaded the place. In fact, if the tourists manage their waste carefully, we can leave the place we visit as clean as it was before. Although it is quite hard to convince others of the same, as for your part, you can carry bio-degradable bags to make sure that you collect at least your trash and don’t leave a single trace of it behind you.
If you follow these five tips, it would definitely reduce your carbon footprint. However, the best would be if, apart from following them yourself, you educate others too.
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