1. Look for Flights Without Layovers: While Flights with extended layovers may seem like a cheaper way to travel, it’s important to remember that takeoffs and landings are the two aspects of plane travel that cause the most carbon emission. Instead, look for the most convenient non-stop flight to reduce your carbon footprint.
2. Rent a Hybrid: Whether you’re in a different country, or just yearning for a good old fashioned road trip, it would be wise to consider renting a hybrid car for your travels, that won’t be polluting the air as you head out on your journey.
3. Do Not Disturb: There’s nothing like a freshly made bed, but next time you’re at a hotel—considering making it yourself rather than the hotel staff. By sticking the “do not disturb” sign on the handle of your door, the staff won’t feel the need to come in and launder your sheets (that have most likely only been used for one or two nights), or vacuum the, most likely, still clean floor. By letting the hotel know that the extra cleaning isn’t necessary, you’re helping the hotel cut down on their use of unneeded energy.
4. Utilize Reusable Utensils: Ahh the beauty of the spork! Before you head off on your next big adventure, pick up a few reusable utensils and water bottles that you can take with you. That way, whether you order takeout or stop off at a food truck, you won’t need to waste the usually provided plastic fork or knife. Instead just keep these reusable utensils in your bag so that you’re always prepared for fine and sustainable dining!
5. Turn Your Hike into a Cleanup: If you’re the adventurous type and are planning on hiking on your next vacation, think about packing along a trash bag with you so that on your trek you can pick up any trash that others have left behind. If you’re travelling with children, this can even be turned into a fun competition to see who kept the trails the cleanest by the end.
6. Always Have a Reusable Bag on Hand: If you’re vacationing in a city, or anywhere really, we recommend keeping reusable grocery bags packed away in your suitcase or day bag. This way, when you head to the market or go out shopping you won’t be needing those pesky plastic bags.
7. Support Local Business: One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture of your travels is to support local businesses. By shopping at local boutiques or dining at local restaurants rather than chains, not only are you helping the economy of the country that is so graciously hosting you, you’re also helping to cut down on food and travel miles, seeing as how local restaurants most likely use local ingredients.
8. Look for Bike Rentals: A fantastic way to see the sights, and an even better way to cut down on your carbon foot print is to check out any local bike rentals. Rather than renting a car, or even taking cabs or buses, renting a bike is one of the most sustainable ways to get around and engage in the local landscape.
Happy Travels from eco18!