As the high-travel Spring season kicks off, we’d like to refocus on the environment, particularly ways we can make our travels a little greener.
Even more traditional travelers can make a positive difference to the environment during their adventures. A little extra thought in planning and a little extra effort during your travels can mean reducing your carbon footprint and traveling more sustainably while not missing out on experiences.
FIND ALTERNATIVES TO FLYING
It is the most obvious way to reduce your carbon footprint. Consider taking a bus or train to get to your destination. Taking a bus that uses renewable energy can drastically diminish CO2 emissions caused during air travelling.
AVOID WATER AND FOOD WASTAGE
Carry your own water bottles, and refill when empty. Also, avoid buying food that causes much waste.
Recycling produces less pollution so limit the amount of waste by carrying a reusable shopping bag and avail products with minimal packaging (meaning, less plastic). #GoGreen
EAT AT PLACES THAT USE LOCAL PRODUCE
Choose places that serve local produce instead of spending on fancy dinners. Depending on the location it could either be a farm or a small hotel.
TAKE DIRECT ROUTES AND/OR FLY ECONOMY CLASS
If you’re flying internationally, search for the flight with the least amount of stops. Also, first and business class takes up more space per seat which means it’s more fuel per passenger. Although you might not want to, it’s more fuel efficient to fly in economy class.
BOOK ECO-FRIENDLY HOTELS
Hotels use massive amounts of energy from lighting to laundry. To reduce their carbon footprint, many hotels are becoming more energy-efficient and therefore eco-friendly. Some measures that hotels have taken are LED lights and lower water consumption than a regular hotel.
Your carbon footprint gets heavier with your luggage so take what you absolutely need. And for toiletries you can take refillable travel sized bottles.
OPT FOR VIRTUAL MEETINGS
It’s more practical when it comes to saving time, money and conserving fuel. Hold your business meeting over a video conference if you can. As nice as it is to have a meeting face to face, sometimes an alternative will have to suffice.