Summer is here and so is traveling. How to behave planet friendly and not affect the local ecosystems during your travels? I’ve put together a simple list for you!
1. Destination choice.
Choose destinations that are not overwhelmed by tourists. In case you choose such a destination, try to go off the beaten path and get to know the less known places and things.
To get into the destination, try to reduce flying and, if possible, use a train instead. Avoid cruise ships! Once in the destination, use an eco-friendly mean of transportation – preferably walk, use a bike or the public transport, do not rent cars and avoid taxis.
3. No take-away food.
Don’t buy take-away food, eat in local restaurants instead.
4. Water bottle.
Bring a water bottle and refill it, don’t buy bottled water.
5. Shopping bag.
Bring you own bag, don’t take plastic bags in the supermarkets.
6. Packaging-free cosmetics
A solid shampoo/soap bar are a must for all waste reducers. Simply put it in a travel case, it won’t take more space than a regular shower gel bottle. Moreover, there’s nothing to leak!
7. Support locals.
Support local communities-eat in local restaurants, sleeps in local hotels (not international chains) and buy locally made souvenirs.
8.Behave as if you were at home.
Behave as you would behave at home – do not let water running just because you don’t pay for it, turn off the lighting, recycle and simply do everything as if you do it normally back home!