How to travel more eco-friendly

Who doesn’t like travelling?
We can meet new people, discover new places, immerse in different cultures or just get away from everyday life.

However, travelling can be quite hard on our nature and the whole environment.

What is sustainable travel?
It’s about finding a way to reduce the negative impact on our destinations and make no harm to natural and cultural environments. And of course, treat the whole planet with as much respect as possible.

Even if it’s so much easier to book a cheap flight and get on the way to care-free vacation, we should take a few extra steps to help protect our earth from plastic, gas and certain monopolized companies. 

But don’t worry, there are some tips to reduce the negative impact AND you can still enjoy your tips.

  1. Consider your way of transportation

  2. Pack as little as possible and only what you need

  3. Reduce single-use plastic by bringing your reusable water bottle, cups or cutlery

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    Zero-waste Travel? Possible and easy! All we have to do is think ahead, brainstorm like we care, and get creative. I’m getting ready to travel to #CannesFestival this week and- besides carrying my reusable water bottle, coffee mug and bamboo utensils while I’m on the go- I got these metal containers on @etsy (yes, @etsy has an “Earth-friendly Finds” page curated with sustainable products for every lifestyle!) and have been using them to take snacks (usually raw or dried fruits, chocolate and nuts), essential oils, crystals and my plantbased holistic vitamins with me everywhere. This helps me avoid my hAngry moments while saving all the non-biodegradable plastic involved in purchasing snacks with wrappers! Plus, @etsy is the first major online shopping destination to offset 100% of shipping emissions! Like I said, possible and easy! 😍♻️🌻To check out more earth-friendly @etsy finds, click on the link in my bio. What eco products do you carry in your bag? – – – – – – – – – – – Viajes sin desperdicios? Posible y fácil! Todo lo que tenemos que hacer es planear, pensar en ideas como si nos importara el 🌎 y ser creativos. Ahora me estoy preparando para viajar a #FestivaldeCannes esta semana y -además de llevar mi botella de agua reutilizable, taza de café y utensilios de bambú- me compré estos contenedores de metal en @etsy (sí, @etsy tiene una página de "productos ecológicos", curada con productos sostenibles para cada estilo de vida!) Y los he estado usando para llevar snacks (generalmente frutas crudas o secas, chocolate y nueces), aceites esenciales, cristales y mis vitaminas holísticas basadas en plantas. Esto me ayuda a evitar mis momentos de hambre-transformada-en-mal-humor y a ahorrar todo el plástico no biodegradable asociado con comprar snacks con envoltorios! Además, @etsy es el primer destino de compras online que compensa el 100% de sus emisiones de CO2 de los envíos! Como les dije, posible y fácil! 😍♻️🌻Para ver más productos de @etsy amigables con la tierra, hagan clic en el enlace en mi perfil. ¿Qué productos ecológicos llevas en tu bolso? #etsyimpact #sustainable, #sustainableliving, #sustainableshopping #zerowaste #waterthruskin #sponsored

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  4. Slow down your travel by staying longer at one destination

  5. Choose and stay in eco-friendly accommodations

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    THE PROBLEM WITH ALL INCLUSIVE TRIPS . I get it, you work hard all year and get a few weeks off a year if you're lucky. You want to get away from the stress, bad weather and constant choice making. An all inclusive resort gives you everything you need to relax without having to leave the hotel. You could, as some do, stay in the hotel area for the entire week. . The resort offers buffets and sometimes many different restaurants to chose from, there's free alcohol and ice cream. There are pools and SPA's and tour that pick you up and drop you right back at the hotel if you feel like you want to leave the resort area. . I'm pretty sure most of you haven't reflected on how a big ass resort effects the destination and the people living there. There are some very highly problematic things about this format and let me tell you a little bit about it: . These big resorts in paradise locations are often international chains and/or owned by some rich businessman from a western country. That means that the money spent on and in these locations go to someone who will be spending those money elsewhere. . When these resorts offer hotel, restaurants, tours etc. in one closed off (often fenced) space and with a combined price people pay in advance, there is no point in them spending more money outside of the resort when the meals and drinks are included at the hotel . And therefor locally owned restaurants, hotels, shops and tour companies lose business in their own village – with those money going to someone who isn't even from there. . There's more to this but the captions on instagram can't be too long, check out the link in my bio for tips on how to support the local communities when you travel . What do you think about the concept of all-inclusive resorts?

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  6. Take local public transport rather than flying

  7. Find time to volunteer to give back and be active

  8. Avoid and don’t support tourist attractions, skip zoos and protect the local wildlife

  9. Support local business, shop locally

  10. Save electricity and water 

There are even more tips for sustainable travel depending on what your destinations are.

The best way is to be mindful and more environmentally conscious when travelling and learn how to reduce your carbon footprint. 

Don’t forget to share your tips and experience in the comments below.

Written by: Domi from InfluenceDot

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